News from US C ustoms and Border Protection…Border Patrol:
Agents seize 3,000 pounds of marijuana, 1 truck
August 8, 2011: TUCSON, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana Saturday worth about $2.3 million.
Agents operating a mobile surveillance system near Lukeville observed suspicious activity involving a vehicle west of State Route 85 and directed other agents to the location. As agents approached the vehicle, unidentified subjects fled south; possibly into Mexico due to the close proximity of the international boundary.
Agents searched the abandoned truck and found 134 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 2,960 pounds. Agents seized the truck and turned over the narcotics to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Surveillance technology increases situational awareness by giving agents the ability to identify and classify all possible threats, and improve response times to illicit activity. Technology deployed along the border aids Tucson Sector agents in combating smuggling organizations and disrupting their ability to transport contraband throughout the United States.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure, safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.
Customs and Border Protection appreciates assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity by calling the Border Patrol at 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
August 8, 2011 :TUCSON, Ariz. — The following is a rundown of activities that occurred over the weekend within the Tucson Sector. This is only a thumbnail of each incident.
(NGL) Friday, Border Patrol agents in Nogales apprehended a 30-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, with an extensive criminal history involving numerous arrests in Las Vegas, Nev., for drug offenses, burglary and domestic violence, as well as an active warrant for failing to appear. He also admitted to being a member of the Sureno gang. He is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office under Operation Streamline.
(DGL) Saturday, Douglas agents apprehended a 25-year-old Mexican national for illegally entering the United States. Using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, agents discovered a felony conviction for child cruelty in Vallejo, Calif. The subject will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for re-entry of a felon.
(TUS) Sunday, a 30-year-old man from El Salvador was apprehended by Tucson Station agents near State Route 286 for being illegally present in the United States. During processing, he admitted to being a member of the MS-13 gang. He will be processed for removal from the United States.
Rescues and Recoveries
(WCX) On Thursday, Willcox agents apprehended a 47-year-old Mexican national exhibiting symptoms of a heat related illness. The man was evaluated by a Border Patrol agent certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT), who determined the man required further medical attention. He was transported to a hospital for treatment and will be processed for removal upon his release.
(CAG) Casa Grande Station agents received a call Friday regarding an illegal alien in distress. Border Patrol agents and a CBP helicopter crew located and rescued a 19-year-old citizen of Oaxaca, Mexico. An agent trained as an EMT treated the subject for dehydration before transporting him for processing.
(DGL) Douglas Station agents assigned to the Horse Patrol Unit located human remains Sunday east of Douglas, Ariz. Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies took custody of the scene.
(CAG) A CBP air crew notified Casa Grande agents of a signal fire in the West Desert Sunday. Agents responded and found the remains of a male who appeared to be in his mid-20s. The scene was turned over to the Tohono O’odham Police Department.
August 10, 2011 :
(CAG) Border Patrol from the Casa Grande Station found an illegal immigrant in distress Tuesday while patrolling near Stanfield. The 32-year-old man from Chiapas, Mexico, stated he left behind a friend to seek help. Agents located his 27-year-old companion, a native of Tlaxcala, Mexico. He was treated for dehydration by members of the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue team. Both men were transported for processing and removal.
(SON) The Sonoita Station received a call from two Mexican nationals asking for assistance, claiming they had been struck by lightning after illegally entering the United States. Agents responded to Highway 83 near Parker Canyon Lake and located the men who had injuries consistent with a lightning strike. Elgin Fire Department personnel evaluated the subjects and determined they would need further medical attention. The men were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
August 11, 2011:
(CAG) Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station arrested two men yesterday for illegally entering the United States. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed one subject as a former member of the 18th Street gang out of California; the other as an active member of the South Central Wild Boys street gang in Los Angeles. Both men have prior criminal records and prior orders of removal. Their cases have been accepted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
(DGL) Agents from the Douglas Station arrested an individual yesterday illegally present in the United States who admitted to being a member of the Sureño 13 gang out of Birmingham, Ala. Records also show he was previously removed from the United States in 2010. The subject will be submitted for federal prosecution.
(AJO) Border Patrol agents working in the West Desert apprehended a man illegally present in the United States who, according to legal records, has an extensive criminal history and is listed as a child sex offender in Santa Ana, Calif. Records also showed he was previously removed from the United States earlier this year. He is being held for felony prosecution for re-entry of an aggravated felon and removal proceedings.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment to improve the quality of life in Arizona’s communities.
Customs and Border Protection appreciates assistance from the community. Suspicious activity can be reported by calling the Border Patrol at 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
August 8, 2011: Border Patrol Leads Multi-agency Operation
Cooperation among ACTT Partners Yields Significant Results
August 8, 2011: TUCSON, Ariz. – A four-day operation near Whetstone, Ariz., concluded Aug. 7, resulting in the seizure of more than 170 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $85,000, and 23 arrests.
The Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) operation was led by the U.S. Border Patrol, which focused on apprehending smugglers and disrupting transnational criminal organizations operating in and around the Whetstone area.
“The unified border security effort we achieved through the ACTT is critical to the success of all of our partners and results in a safer Arizona,” said Tucson Sector’s Border Patrol Division Chief Manuel Padilla Jr. “The intelligence-driven operation displayed an unprecedented level of cooperation, coordination and communication between law enforcement agencies across Arizona.”
The operation resulted in the following:
- 16 people arrested for illegal entry into the United States
- 7 U.S. citizens arrested for
- 3 outstanding warrants
- 1 DUI
- 5 drug charges
- 1 stolen property
- 173 pounds of marijuana seized
- 1.5 grams of methamphetamine seized
- 2 grams of spice (synthetic marijuana) seized
- 5 vehicles seized
- $16,050 in stolen U.S. Savings Bonds recovered
- 2 individuals federally prosecuted
The operation involved the following agencies:
- U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector
- Bureau of Land Management
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations
- U.S. Forest Service
- Arizona Department of Public Safety
- Sierra Vista Police Department
- Huachuca City Police Department
- Safford Police Department
- Thatcher Police Department
- Graham County Police Department
- Huachuca City Police Department
- National Park Service
The ACTT launched in September 2009 with the goal of using a collaborative, cooperative enforcement approach to leverage the capabilities and resources of Department of Homeland Security in Arizona with other federal, state, local and tribal agencies, as well as the government of Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
TucsonSector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Criminal Aliens
Subjects to face federal prosecutors
August 9, 2011: TUCSON, Ariz. – Three Mexican nationals with serious criminal histories including attempted murder, sex offenses and felony vehicle theft were arrested by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents yesterday.
Casa Grande agents patrolling near Three Points apprehended two men from Tamaulipas, Mexico, for illegal entry into the United States. Using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), agents discovered the 31-year-old subject was convicted for first degree sodomy and sexual abuse in Fayette County, Ky., and was sentenced to two years in prison. He is being criminally prosecuted for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.
The second subject, age 39, was arrested in October in Baton Rouge, La., and charged with attempted second degree murder, but the charge was dropped because the prosecuting agency was unable to locate the victim. He is being criminally prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for illegal entry.
In a separate incident, Douglas agents arrested a 25-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. IAFIS revealed he was arrested in 2003 by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for unlawful use of means of transportation and served more than six years in prison. During processing, he also admitted to a past affiliation with the Barrio Avenida 31st gang in Agua Prieta, and records indicate he was also affiliated with the Wet Back Power 31st Avenue gang in Phoenix. He is being criminally prosecuted for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.
Every individual apprehended by the Border Patrol undergoes criminal history checks using technology such as IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, assisting agents to quickly identify dangerous criminals and wanted persons among those apprehended.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol has implemented a Consequence Delivery System (CDS) as an integral component of its enforcement strategy. CDS centers on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal aliens through programs such as federal criminal prosecution in order to reduce recidivism and ensure that penalties are upheld to the full extent of the law.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Please report suspicious activity by calling the Border Patrol at 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.