Another drug tunnel discovered and other border newsby Hugh Holub on May. 07, 2011, under customs and border protection, politics
Department of Homeland Security Media Update May 6, 2011:
TUCSON, Ariz. — The following is a snapshot of certain Department of Homeland Security activities along the Southwest border. This rundown provides a thumbnail of each incident and an invitation to contact us for more information.
Joint Field Command Statistics – Yesterday in Arizona
(Narcotics weights are measured in pounds)
Marijuana seized 3285
Cocaine seized 17
Individuals presented in federal court for prosecution* 116
Individuals prosecuted under Operation Streamline* 71
Individuals prosecuted on federal drug charges* 5
*These numbers only represent those apprehended by Border Patrol and presented for prosecution.
On May 5, Nogales Border Patrol agents and Mexican authorities located an illicit tunnel. The tunnel measured 250 feet in length, averaged three feet wide by five feet tall, and was 15 feet beneath the surface. It was cut through solid rock and contained electricity, water pumps, and ventilation. Both governments are working to remediate the tunnel as soon as possible.
On May 5, a 15-year-old Mexican female attempted to enter the United States through the Douglas Port pedestrian processing area and was referred for a secondary inspection after a CBP officer became suspicious of the U.S. Passport she presented. A records check revealed the passport as having been reported lost or stolen. During further questioning, the subject admitted the passport did not belong to her. The juvenile was taken into custody and turned over to the Mexican Consulate.
n May 5, a 26-year-old Mexican male attempted to enter the United States through a Dennis DeConcini Port vehicle lane and was referred for a secondary inspection. Subsequently, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle. Further inspection yielded the discovery of seven packages of cocaine concealed in a non-factory compartment. The cocaine weighed more that 17 pounds with an estimated value of $158,067. The subject was taken into custody and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
On May 5, a 22-year-old Mexican male attempted to enter the United States through the Dennis DeConcini Port pedestrian processing area and was referred for a secondary inspection after a CBP officer suspected that the subject was an imposter. During further questioning, the man admitted to being an imposter. The subject stated he purchased the document from an unknown male and had intended to use it to seek employment in the United States. The man was taken into custody for immigration violations.
On May 5, a 28-year-old United States citizen female arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on a flight from Mexico City, Mexico. The woman had an outstanding arrest warrant for Possession of a Dangerous Drug out of Tacoma, Wash. The subject was taken into custody upon exiting her flight by CBP officers and turned over to the U.S. Marshals for extradition.
On May 5, a 40-year-old United States citizen male attempted to enter the United States through the San Luis Port pedestrian processing area and was referred for a secondary inspection after a narcotics detection canine alerted to him. During further inspection, the subject was asked to empty his pockets which led to the discovery of a bag containing crystal methamphetamines. The narcotics weighed three ounces with an estimated value of $465. The subject was taken into custody and turned over to San Luis Police in Arizona for prosecution on state drug charges.
In February, CBP announced the Arizona Joint Field Command (JFC)—an organizational realignment that brings together Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure to integrate CBP’s border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) promotes homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration. ICE and CBP collaborate in investigations regarding criminal organizations with a nexus to the border.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Obama administration has engaged in an unprecedented effort to bring focus and intensity to Southwest border security, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws in the interior of our country.
– DHS —
Border Patrol news….
TUCSON, Ariz. — The following is a rundown of activities that occurred over past 24 hours within the Tucson Sector. This is only a thumbnail of each incident and an invitation to contact the Tucson Sector Communications Division for more information.
(CAG) On May 6, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station apprehended an illegal alien from Mexico. During processing, it was discovered the subject has an active felony warrant from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) for marijuana possession. MCSO was contacted and will extradite the subject.
(NGL) In two separate incidents on Thursday night and early Friday morning, Border Patrol agents in Nogales were patrolling when assailants in Mexico began throwing large rocks over the International Boundary Fence (IBF) aimed at the agents. Although the agents were not injured, their vehicles sustained damage.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments towards establishing a secure and safe border environment and improving the quality of life of affected communities throughout the state of Arizona.
The Border Patrol appreciates the assistance of the community. Suspicious activity can be reported by calling 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous.