U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter February 10 – February 16, 2011

Border Patrol agents seized over 15,383 pounds of marijuana. Agents arrested fifteen criminal aliens and eleven gang members. There were five rocking incidents.

Reported on February 10, 2011

El Centro Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Sure̱os gang. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for spousal battery in the state of California and had been previously removed from the United States.

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El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Portal, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for rape in the state of Oregon and had been previously removed from the United States.

El Paso Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Portal, Arizona. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Sure̱os gang. Records checks revealed the subject had been previously removed from the United States.

El Paso Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Albuquerque, New Mexico. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Sure̱os gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, including a prior felony conviction for possession of a stolen vehicle. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,088 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a United States Citizen (USC) at the traffic checkpoint near Laredo, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the trailer and a subsequent search by agents uncovered the marijuana.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 3,135 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a national of Mexico at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the load and a subsequent search by agents uncovered the marijuana.

Reported on February 11, 2011

El Paso Sector РBorder Patrol agents seized 253 pounds of marijuana and arrested a USC near Albuquerque, New Mexico. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Sure̱os gang.

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Laredo, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual assault of a child in the state of Texas and had been previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the La Mugre gang. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual assault with force in the state of New Jersey and had been previously removed from the United States.

Reported on February 12, 2011

Detroit Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,233 prescription pills, a GMC van, $3,668 in U.S. currency, and arrested a USC near Detroit, Michigan. The subject did not have a prescription for the narcotics which included Xanax, Vicodin, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior felony conviction for receiving/concealing stolen property.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,022 pounds of marijuana, a Ford truck, and arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico near Animas, New Mexico. Agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop and the driver failed to yield. Agents successfully deployed a controlled tire deflation device and stopped the vehicle. Both subjects actively resisted arrest, but were taken into custody. The marijuana was discovered in the vehicle.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents discovered a cross-border tunnel near the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. The incomplete tunnel extended 15 feet into the United States.

Reported on February 13, 2011

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 258 pounds of marijuana and an abandoned Isuzu Trooper near Calexico, California. Agents received a report of an ultralight aircraft (ULA) incursion and responded to the suspected drop zone to investigate. The abandoned vehicle containing the marijuana was discovered at the suspected drop zone.

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Hebbronville, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had several prior convictions, including one for aggravated sexual assault on a child in the state of Texas. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,430 pounds of marijuana and a Ford truck near the Rio Grande River in Fronton, Texas. The vehicle failed to yield to agents and a controlled tire deflation device was successfully deployed. The driver of the vehicle absconded, and agents discovered the marijuana in the abandoned vehicle.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,665 pounds of marijuana near Lukeville, Arizona. The marijuana, bundled into makeshift backpacks, was abandoned by a group of suspected narcotics smugglers who absconded into Mexico.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Casa Grande, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual offenses in the state of California, and had been previously removed from the United States.

Reported on February 14, 2011

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Deming, New Mexico. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Latin Kings gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Penitas, Texas. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang. Records checks revealed the subject had been previously removed from the United States.

Swanton Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Norton, Vermont. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual assault of a child in the state of Colorado, and had been previously removed from the United States.

Reported on February 15, 2011

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico in El Paso, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for attempted murder in the state of New Mexico and had been previously removed from the United States.

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Laredo, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Mexican Mafia gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, including convictions for conspiracy, alien smuggling, and narcotics charges. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Combes, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for felony vehicular homicide in the state of Florida and had been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,614 pounds of marijuana and two Ford pickup trucks near Penitas, Texas. The vehicles were observed leaving the Rio Grande River area at a high rate of speed, and were subsequently found abandoned. Agents discovered the marijuana in the abandoned vehicles.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Mission, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for felony voluntary manslaughter in the state of West Virginia and had been previously removed from the United States.

Reported on February 16, 2011

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico in El Paso, Texas. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Paisa prison gang. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for alien smuggling and had been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Penitas, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had an active warrant of arrest for homicide issued in the state of Texas.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,343 pounds of marijuana and a Dodge van near Progreso, Texas. Agents observed the van traveling north from the Rio Grande River. As agents approached, the driver of the van made an abrupt u-turn and returned to the riverbank where he and several other subjects absconded into Mexico. A search of the vehicle revealed the marijuana inside.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,379 pounds of marijuana near Pia Oik, Arizona. A Border Patrol canine discovered the marijuana hidden in brush on a hilltop.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Kupk, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for rape in the state of Washington and had been previously removed from the United States.