U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: May 7 – May 13

May 16, 2009
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Right Side News reports from the Office of Border Patrol:
Border Patrol agents seized over 8,754 pounds of marijuana valued at $7,003,176 and over 17 pounds of heroin valued at $1,405,300. Agents arrested 14 criminal aliens and 11 gang members. There were 10 rocking incidents.

Reported on May 7, 2009

El Centro Sector – A Border Patrol agent reported that three subjects on the U.S. side of the international border assaulted him with rocks near Calexico, California. The agent deployed a Pepperball Launching System, and the subjects fled into Mexico.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents rescued 12 illegal aliens after one of them placed a 911 call near Hickiwan, Arizona. The caller stated the group had been without food or water for three days. The group was located after a search by agents and Customs and Border Protection Air assets. One of the subjects was transported via air ambulance to a local hospital and admitted for treatment of dehydration.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Sasabe, Arizona. The subject became combative and actively fought with agents by striking them and throwing a rock. Agents subdued and arrested the subject.

Reported on May 8, 2009

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents assisted local law enforcement officers with a forest fire near Timberon, New Mexico. Agents helped evacuate residents, provided security, and set up a temporary shelter.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Tucson, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a previous conviction of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison. He also had a previous conviction of threatening to terrorize and was sentenced to 92 months in jail.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,912 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,529,920 and a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban near Cockleburr, Arizona. While conducting patrol duties, an agent found an abandoned vehicle hidden in a wash. A search revealed 105 bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Reported on May 9, 2009

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Freer, Texas. While in custody the subject admitted to being a member of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang. Records checks revealed he had a previous conviction for assault and domestic violence.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Falfurrias, Texas. While in custody, the subject admitted that he is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang. Records checks revealed he had previous convictions for burglary and grand theft auto.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,734 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,386,800, a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer, and arrested a United States Citizen (USC) at the traffic checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself and the tractor-trailer for inspection, and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed the marijuana concealed in a false compartment.

Reported on May 10, 2009

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien near El Paso, Texas. During processing, the subject was identified as a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member. Records checks revealed he had an extensive criminal history.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,322 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,057,600 near Hidalgo, Texas. While conducting patrol duties, agents found the marijuana abandoned in thick brush.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested nine illegal aliens from Mexico near Tucson, Arizona. The subjects claimed that several armed bandits robbed them of 14 bundles of marijuana in the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien near Amado, Arizona. During the arrest, the subject was non-compliant and attempted to strike an agent. The agent deployed his collapsible straight baton and took the subject into custody without further incident. Records checks revealed the subject had previous convictions for selling amphetamines and possessing a weapon.

Yuma Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Yuma, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member. Records checks revealed the subject had an active warrant issued in the State of New York for dangerous drugs.

Reported on May 11, 2009

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. Records checks revealed the subject is a registered sex offender in the State of California and was previously removed from the United States.

Reported on May 12, 2009

San Diego Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Jacumba, California. The subject attempted to abscond and assaulted an agent, but was subsequently subdued. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States and has an extensive criminal history.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents rescued three illegal aliens from Mexico after receiving information that they were lost in the desert near Gila Bend, Arizona.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject was a convicted sex offender in the State of California, and was previously removed from the United States.

Reported on May 13, 2009

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents reported that four unidentified subjects on an island in the Rio Grande River used slingshots to shoot rocks at a National Guard helicopter near Laredo, Texas. An agent onboard the helicopter deployed less lethal munitions and the subjects fled into Mexico.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 16 pounds of heroin valued at $512,000, a 1993 GMC truck, 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 vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed four bundles of heroin concealed in both rear brake drums.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 3,099 pounds of marijuana valued at $2,479,040, a 1986 tractor-trailer, and arrested a USC at the traffic checkpoint near Sarita, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection, and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A search of the trailer revealed the marijuana commingled in a load of corn husks.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 3,883 pounds of marijuana valued at $3,106,560 and a 2000 Ford F-250 near La Rosita, Texas. Agents observed the driver of the truck acting suspiciously, and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The driver failed to yield and agents later encountered the vehicle abandoned. Agents searched the area and found bundles of narcotics leading to an abandoned shed.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Elfrida, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Sureno 13 gang member. Records checks revealed he is also the subject of an active warrant issued by the State of Colorado for failure to comply/contempt of court.


*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.