CBP Border Report, Week Ending March 28, 2015

by Veronica Coffin on March 30, 2015

 

 

 Border Patrol Weekly Report, March 21-28, 2015

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List of Border Patrol Sector Information and News

H/T Right Side News

CBP Advises Travelers to Obtain the I-94 Permit Early and Provides Reminders for Traveling During Easter Holiday Season

Friday, March 27, 2015 | SAN DIEGO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in San Diego are anticipating an increase in applications by Mexican travelers for the required I-94 permit during the Easter holiday season and spring break.  Mexican border crossing…Read More

San Luis CBP Officers Seize $31K in Meth

Friday, March 27, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a San Luis, Arizona man Thursday after finding more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine at the Port of San Luis. Officers selected Jesus Garcia-Mendez, 23, for further inspection of…Read More

CBP Intercepts Cocaine Load At El Paso Port

Friday, March 27, 2015 | EL PASO, TEXAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the El Paso port of entry made a 12.7 pound cocaine seizure Thursday morning. The estimated street value of the seized…Read More

Marijuana Filled Fuel Tank Leads To CBP Arrest At Santa Teresa Port

Friday, March 27, 2015 | SANTA TERESA, NM — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 90 pounds of marijuana Thursday. The drugs have an estimated street value of $72,000. Power tools are used to…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol K-9 finds body of missing spring breaker

Friday, March 27, 2015 | SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – A Border Patrol K-9 from the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team located the body of a 20-year-old man who went missing March 20. The body of Jordan Britten was located Thursday morning in waist-deep…Read More
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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents rescue four people; arrest wanted man

Friday, March 27, 2015 | EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued four illegal immigrants from the trunk of a car and arrested a man with an outstanding warrant in two unrelated incidents Wednesday. Immigrants hidden in the…Read More

CBP NEXUS Advisory, Highgate Springs, Vermont, NEXUS Lane Change on Good Friday

Friday, March 27, 2015 | HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port of Highgate Springs advises members in the NEXUS trusted-traveler program to enter the United States through the commercial vehicle lane on Good Friday, April 3, instead of the…Read More

Mobile Passport Control App Expands to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the expansion of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. MPC is the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s arrival into the United States. Eligible…Read More

CBP Officers Stop Marijuana Smuggling Attempts

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | EL PASO, TEXAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the El Paso port of entry made three marijuana seizures Wednesday. CBP officers confiscated 185 pounds of the drug in the trio of busts…Read More

CBP arrests undocumented man found on vessel in Puerto Rico waters

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents and Puerto Rico Police Department Officers arrested Tuesday an undocumented migrant on board a makeshift wooden vessel traveling west, off the northwestern coast…Read More

CBP in the Virgin Islands detains traveler wanted in Colorado

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – On March 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, USVI, processed a passenger with an outstanding arrest warrant from La Plata county Sheriff’s office in Durango,…Read More

CBP Issues Marijuana Zero Tolerance Penalty at BWI Airport

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | BALTIMORE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found a small amount of marijuana Sunday in a bag carried by a U.S. citizen arriving from the…Read More

Dulles CBP Arrests Alleged Violent Offender

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested a U.S. citizen Tuesday who was wanted on two separate warrants of arrest.  Phung Van Truong, 42, of…Read More

Naco CBP Officers Seize $54K in Marijuana

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Packages of marijuana are discovered and seized by CBP officers at the Port of Naco, from within a smuggling vehicle. The packages in the photo are from behind the truck seats. TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested…Read More

Port of San Luis Construction Project to Ease Crossing

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has initiated a pedestrian expansion project aimed at enhancing and expanding their ability to address a growing number of pedestrians arriving at the Port of San Luis. The introduction of new kiosk…Read More

CBP P-3 Crew Disrupts Smuggling Attempt Worth $140M

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine agents worked with international partners to disrupt a cocaine smuggling attempt worth more than $140 million on March 12. CBP’s Office of Air and Marine employs…Read More

Arizona CBP Officers Seize $354k in Hard Drugs

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CBP officers at the Port of Nogales seized cocaine and heroin worth $354K

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | CBP officers at the Port of Nogales seized cocaine and heroin worth $354K TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Nogales, Arizona woman March 23 for an alleged attempt to smuggle cocaine and heroin through the Port of…Read More

Rio Grande Valley agents rescue four subjects from trunk of car; Convicted murderer also apprehended near the border

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued four illegal immigrants from the trunk of a car at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint on Monday. Additionally, agents arrested a convicted murderer in a…Read More

$2.6 million worth of cocaine seized at Falfurrias Checkpoint

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized close to 100 pounds of cocaine in a commercial bus at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint early Tuesday morning. Bundles containing 82 pounds of cocaine…Read More

Border Patrol Arrests Man With Interpol Warrant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested a male Mexican national March 18 with an Interpol warrant for homicide. The man escaped from prison and attempted to enter the United States illegally. Tucson…Read More

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest an Undocumented Immigrant with Prior Conviction

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | LAREDO, TEXAS – On March 22, 2015, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo West Station, apprehended an undocumented immigrant who was previously convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.     Agents were conducting their…Read More

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $232K in Marijuana

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two women from Douglas, Arizona and one woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico during separate marijuana smuggling attempts through the Port of Douglas in the past four days. Officers…Read More

CBP Announces COAC Membership

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske today announced the membership of the 14th Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, better known as COAC, at his “State of…Read More

CBP at Newark Seizes Cocaine Inside Picture Frames

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | NEWARK, N.J. – U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Newark Liberty International Airport caught a passenger trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States hidden within picture frames. CBP at Newark Seizes Cocaine Inside Picture Frames…Read More

CBP at JFK Seizes Counterfeit US 100 Dollar Bills Arriving in Parcels through an Express Cargo Facility

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | JAMAICA, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy’s International express cargo facility seized $65,200 dollars in counterfeit 100 dollar bills. JFK Counterfeit 100 Bills Mail On March 21, CBP officers found $65,200….Read More

Arizona Summer Border Safety Awareness Event

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – On Friday April 10, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol will host a press event in both English and Spanish, covering Border Safety Initiative (BSI) efforts to reduce border deaths and injuries along the Arizona/Mexico border. Customs…Read More

$430,000 in Counterfeit Perfume Seized at Champlain Port of Entry

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – On March 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Champlain port of entry seized over $430,000 in counterfeit perfume. Counterfeit perfume seized at Champlain Port of Entry “This is an excellent seizure…Read More

CBP P-3 Leads to Nearly 2,200 Pounds of Cocaine

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | MIAMI – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine (OAM) aircrew tracked a suspicious vessel off the coast of Panama leading to 2,195 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of three suspects on Mar. 19. The estimated street value of…Read More

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize Methamphetamine at Checkpoint

Monday, March 23, 2015 | SALTON CITY, Calif. –El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler Sunday after discovering packages of methamphetamine hidden in a backpack. The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m…Read More

CBP Officers Seize More Than $513,000 in Drugs

Monday, March 23, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales seized more than $513,000 in marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine during separate smuggling attempts since March 20.   Drug smugglers attempted to use the rear quarter panels…Read More

CBP Field Operations Seizes $1.5 Million in Narcotics at Rio Grande Valley International Bridges

Monday, March 23, 2015 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges seized $1,537,470 in alleged cocaine and methamphetamine that was detected in three separate, unrelated incidents…Read More

Blaine Border Patrol Agents Seize Narcotics Valued Over a Quarter of a Million Dollars

Monday, March 23, 2015 | BLAINE, Wash. – While conducting surveillance during the evening of March 17, 2015, Blaine Border Patrol agents encountered a vehicle in a remote area east of Blaine, Washington.  As agents made contact with the driver, they observed a backpack…Read More

Wilmington, Del., CBP Intercepts Rare Destructive Leafhopper Pest Seen Only Once Before in the U.S.

Monday, March 23, 2015 | PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists examine thousands of import shipments that arrive to the U.S. every day. Oftentimes, they intercept a lineup of the usual suspects of invasive weeds and hitchhiking…Read More

CBP Seizes 797 Pounds of Cocaine at the Miami River

Monday, March 23, 2015 | MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered over 797 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a 180-foot cargo vessel at the Miami River on Feb. 27.  Based on information provided by the Miami Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST)…Read More

Lukeville CBP Officers Seize $93K in Marijuana

Monday, March 23, 2015 | CBP officers at the Port of Lukeville seized 185 pounds of marijuana from a smuggling vehicle. TUCSON, Ariz. — A 16-year-old girl from Glendale, Arizona and her two female passengers, ages 23 and 24, were arrested March 22 for attempting to…Read More

With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

As the world’s first full-service border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.

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