Press Release from Department of Homeland Security US Customs and Border Protection July 13, 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.
Joint Field Command Statistics – Yesterday (July 12) in Arizona
(Narcotics weights are measured in pounds)
Marijuana seized 3,935
Cocaine seized 26
Heroin seized 1
Individuals presented in federal court for prosecution* 48
Individuals prosecuted under Operation Streamline* 38
Individuals prosecuted on federal drug charges* 6
*These numbers only represent those apprehended by Border Patrol and presented for prosecution.
On July 12, a 16-year-old U.S. citizen male attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane at the Morley Port in Nogales, Ariz. and was referred for additional questioning. Subsequently, officers discovered a package of heroin taped to his groin. The heroin had a total weight of approximately one pound with an estimated value of $16,190. The subject was taken into custody and referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
On July 12, a 29-year-old Mexican female attempted to enter the United States through a vehicle lane at the Dennis DeConcini Port and was referred for a secondary inspection. While in secondary, a narcotics detection canine alerted positively to the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of a non-factory compartment behind the front seats. Concealed inside were 10 packages of cocaine weighing more than 26 pounds with an estimated value of $240,695. The subject was taken into custody and referred to ICE HSI for further investigation.
On July 12, a 25-year-old Mexican female attempted to enter the United States through a vehicle lane at the Douglas Port and was referred for a secondary inspection where a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Further inspection led to the discovery of 58 packages of marijuana concealed in the rear quarter panels. The drugs weighed nearly 80 pounds with an estimated value of $39,462. The subject was taken into custody and referred to ICE HSI for further investigation.
On July 12, a 56-year-old Mexican male attempted to enter the United States through a vehicle lane at the Lukeville, Ariz. Port and was referred for a secondary inspection. In secondary, a CBP canine alerted positively to the presence of drugs inside some items of furniture which the driver was transporting in his truck. A non-intrusive X-ray examination indicated an anomaly inside a couch and loveseat. Subsequently, 15 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 250 pounds with an estimated value of $125,000, were removed. The subject was taken into custody and referred to ICE HSI for further investigation.
On July 12, Tucson Sector agents stopped two suspicious vehicles driving in tandem. Upon further investigation, agents arrested the driver, a United States citizen, for transporting nine illegal aliens from Mexico. The subjects and vehicles were transported to the Tucson Station for processing.
On July 12, Nogales Station agents using Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) technology detected possible cross-border activity east of Nogales, Ariz. Agents responded and apprehended four illegal aliens attempting to flee south toward Mexico and found five bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 230 pounds with an estimated value of $115,000. All four subjects, including one juvenile, are being prosecuted on federal drug smuggling charges.
On July 12, Ajo Station agents apprehended a 26-year-old Mexican illegal alien who admitted to being a member of the Sureño 13 street gang. During processing, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed criminal convictions for participation in a criminal street gang, felony vehicle theft, and a previous removal from the United States. The subject is being prosecuted for Re-Entry of an Aggravated Felon.
On July 12, Wellton Station Border Patrol agents were patrolling near Camp Grip, a forward operating base located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, when they discovered four backpacks abandoned near Poso Nuevo Road. The backpacks contained eight plastic-wrapped packages of marijuana weighing over 192 pounds with an estimated value of $96,000.
On July 12, Yuma Station agents were patrolling near the Colorado River and County 16th Street when they received a report of possible illicit cross-border activity. Agents responded and found 15 bundles of marijuana that appeared to have been dropped from an ultra-light aircraft. The marijuana weighed more than 245 pounds with an estimated value of $122,800.
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 —