U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: May 21 – May 27

May 30, 2009
CBP.gov

Right Side News reports from the Office of Border Patrol:

(05/27/2009) Border Patrol agents seized over 14,626 pounds of marijuana valued at $11,700,400 and 240.8 pounds of cocaine valued at $7,706,600. Agents arrested 13 criminal aliens and 7 gang members. There were 13 rocking incidents.

Reported on May 21, 2009

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 111.5 pounds of cocaine valued at $3,569,000, a Freightliner tractor-trailer, and arrested a United States Citizen (USC) at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself and the tractor-trailer for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. An inspection revealed the narcotics concealed inside compartments under the trailer.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Douglas, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, was convicted of rape incapable of consent and sexual misconduct in the State of New York, and was previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Arivaca, Arizona. Record checks revealed the subject had a previous conviction for 2nd degree child molestation and was sentenced to seven years in prison. The subject was also previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Marana, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison. The subject was also previously removed from the United States.

Reported on May 22, 2009

Tucson Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Naco, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and was previously removed from the United States on eight occasions. The subject was also identified as a member of the Sure̱o gang.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 874 pounds of marijuana valued at $699,200, a 1998 Dodge truck, and arrested a national of Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Agents observed a vehicle make an illegal entry into the United States, and abscond from the area. Agents later encountered the subject after he apparently lost control of his vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. The marijuana was found inside the vehicle.

Reported on May 23, 2009

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested a USC and seized 1,716 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,373,200, U.S. currency totaling $9,714, and a 1999 tractor-trailer at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. An inspection revealed the 50 bundles of marijuana concealed inside the trailer. The currency was discovered in a duffle bag inside the tractor.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested a USC, and seized 2,609 pounds of marijuana valued at $2,087,200, and a tractor-trailer at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. A subsequent search revealed 108 bundles of marijuana concealed within a load of onions.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico and seized 1,170 pounds of marijuana valued at $936,000 and a 1995 Dodge Pickup near Penitas, Texas. An agent, conducting patrol duties, observed the vehicle with the bundles in plain view in the truck bed.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico and seized 2,810 pounds of marijuana valued at $2,248,000, an AK-47 assault rifle, a Glock handgun, and recovered a stolen Ford pickup after it was involved in a single vehicle accident near Arivaca, Arizona. The handgun was discovered in one of the subject’s possession, and the AK-47 and marijuana were discovered inside the vehicle.

Reported on May 24, 2009

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Palm Springs, California. Records checks revealed that the subject was a convicted sex offender in the State of California and had been previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Topawa, Arizona. Records checks revealed that the subject was a convicted sex offender in the State of Connecticut and had been previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Douglas, Arizona. Records checks revealed that the subject had been convicted of a sex offense against a child in the State of California and had been previously removed from the U.S.

Yuma Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico, seized 2,390 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,912,000, a 2000 Ford pickup, and recovered a stolen 2004 Ford truck near Yuma, Arizona. An agent observed two vehicles traveling in a remote desert area. When agents approached, the drivers abandoned the vehicles in an attempt to abscond. A search revealed marijuana inside both vehicles. Agents followed footprints from one of the vehicles and located the two individuals.

Reported on May 25, 2009

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Ocotillo, California. Records checks revealed the subject was a convicted sex offender and had an active warrant for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor in the State of California.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Casa Grande, Arizona. Records checks revealed that the subject had been convicted of murder in El Paso, Texas and sentenced to six years in prison.

Reported on May 26, 2009

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested a USC, seized 2,118 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,694,400, and a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer at the traffic checkpoint near Freer, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. An inspection of the trailer revealed the marijuana inside.

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 129.3 pounds of cocaine valued at $4,137,600, a passenger bus, and detained two male subjects at the traffic checkpoint near Laredo, Texas. The driver and passenger, the sole occupants of the vehicle, presented themselves for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the bus. An inspection revealed 50 bundles of cocaine concealed in the frame of the bus.

Tucson Sector РBorder Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Dragoon, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject is an active member of the Sure̱o 13 gang and had a lengthy criminal record.

Yuma Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Yuma, Arizona. During processing the subject admitted to being a member of the Paisanos gang, which is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States on three occasions.

Reported on May 27, 2009

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Laredo, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member. Records checks revealed he had an extensive criminal history and multiple immigration violations.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Lukeville, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history including convictions for possession of controlled substances, sale of controlled substances, and felony drunk driving. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States on numerous occasions.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. The subject claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint by two bandits after entering the United States. The case was referred to local law enforcement officials.

*This overview is compiled from incidents reported to 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 Border Patrol Headquarters.