U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: March 25 – March 31

(03/31/2010) Border Patrol agents seized over 5,040 pounds of marijuana. Agents arrested 7 criminal aliens and 11 gang members. There were 10 rocking incidents.

Reported on March 25, 2010

El Paso Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near El Paso, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was a Sure̱o 13 gang member and had been previously removed from the United States.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 215 pounds of marijuana and arrested seven illegal aliens from Mexico near Santa Teresa, New Mexico. During processing, two of the subjects admitted to being members of the Venice 13 Mexican gang.

San Diego Sector – Border Patrol agents seized a boat and arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico near San Clemente, California. Agents encountered the subjects after they landed the craft and subsequently breached an area restricted from civilian access.

Reported on March 26, 2010

El Centro Sector – A Border Patrol agent was assaulted by unidentified subjects throwing rocks near Calexico, California. The agent deployed less lethal munitions against his assailants, who broke off their attack and retreated to Mexico.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents rescued two illegal aliens from Mexico who were in danger of drowning in the American canal near El Paso, Texas. Agents threw lifelines to the struggling subjects and safely extracted them from the canal. The subjects were examined by emergency medical services personnel, and released into Border Patrol custody.

Tucson Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested a United States Citizen (USC), an illegal alien from Mexico, and seized 341 pounds of marijuana and a Dodge pick-up truck near Douglas, Arizona. Records checks revealed the USC had a lengthy criminal history, and he was identified as a member of the Sure̱o 13 gang.

Reported on March 27, 2010

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Ocotillo, California. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for a sex offense in the State of California, and an active arrest warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. The subject had also previously been removed from the United States.

El Paso Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near El Paso, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Sure̱o 13 gang member. The subject had previously been ordered 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 an 18th Street gang member. The subject had also previously been removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,253 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a USC at the traffic checkpoint near Sarita, Texas. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed the narcotics.

Tucson Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Sells, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Sure̱o 13 gang member. Records checks revealed the subject had a lengthy criminal history, to include auto theft, firearms violations, narcotics violations and robbery. The subject had also previously been removed from the United States.

Reported on March 28, 2010

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. Records checks revealed the subject had a lengthy criminal history, to include convictions for manslaughter, rape, and possession of a firearm. The subject had previously been removed from the United States.

New Orleans Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested a USC and seized $25,540.00 in U.S. currency at the bus station in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, to include an active arrest warrant for dangerous drugs issued in the State of Texas.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,232 pounds of marijuana and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe near Garceno, Texas. Agents observed several subjects loading bundles of suspected narcotics into the vehicle. The vehicle departed the area then came to an abrupt stop, at which time all of the occupants fled on foot. A search of the abandoned vehicle revealed the marijuana inside.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near San Miguel, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject was a convicted sexual offender, and had previously been removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Douglas, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being an 18th Street gang member. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, to include convictions for assault, firearms violations, narcotics violations and burglary. The subject had also previously been removed from the United States.

Reported on March 29, 2010

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents discovered a strand of barbed wire strung across the international border road near Columbus, New Mexico. The barbed wire was approximately four feet above the ground, and appeared to be intentionally set to injure agents patrolling in the area.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized $45,700.00 in U.S. currency, .5 grams of cocaine, a Chevrolet pickup truck, and arrested a national of Mexico near Casa Grande, Arizona. The currency and cocaine were found within a hidden compartment in the vehicle.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Cowlic, Arizona. Shortly after his arrest, the subject lost consciousness and was transported to a local hospital. The subject was treated for dehydration and released into Border Patrol custody. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had previously been removed from the United States.

Reported on March 30, 2010

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents encountered a civilian vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and a sport utility vehicle near Uvalde, Texas. Agents notified emergency medical services (EMS), assessed the civilians involved and provided care to an individual who sustained multiple lacerations. EMS arrived and transported the individual to a local medical facility.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Kingsville, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member. Records checks revealed the subject had previously been removed from the United States.

Reported on March 31, 2010

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Rodeo, New Mexico. Records checks revealed the subject had an arrest warrant for probation violation in the State of Colorado and had prior convictions for breaking/entering, criminal damage and trespassing in the State of New Mexico. The subject had previously been removed from the United States.

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Hebbronville, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member and had previously been removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Arizona City, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had an arrest warrant for parole violation in the State of California and an extensive criminal history including a conviction for vehicular manslaughter. The subject had previously been removed from the United States.

*This overview is compiled from incidents reported to the Office of Border Patrol and is not intended to reflect all Border Patrol enforcement actions. Most arrests and seizures fail to meet the requirements for mandatory reporting to the Office of Border Patrol