Joint Collaboration Leads to the Discovery of Four ‘Stash Houses’ in the Rio Grande Valley, 92 Arrests

The Border Patrol continues to find illegal aliens in “stash houses.” Above are some of those found in Laredo, Texas home in June 2020. (CBP Photo)

EDINBURG, Texas – Since Nov. 16, U.S. Border Patrol agents working in collaboration with state and local authorities disrupted four “stash houses,” which led to the discovery and arrest of 92 illegal aliens.

The Roma Police Department requested assistance from the Rio Grande City Border Patrol station in identifying multiple subjects at a residence in Roma, Texas on Nov. 17. Upon arrival, a police officer told Border Patrol agents the police had received a call from a concerned citizen regarding suspected illegal activities at the residence. Agents found 12 subjects at the residence, interviewed them, and determined that all were illegally present in the United States. The illegal aliens were from El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

Later, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector agents working with Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a mobile home in Edinburg, Texas, after receiving information the home was being used to house illegal aliens.  After receiving consent to enter the home, law enforcement authorities discovered 29 illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

A few hours later, RGV Sector agents working in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office received information of a house in Palmview, Texas, operating as a human smuggling stash house. Upon arrival and entry, agents and deputies encountered seven illegal aliens inside. Agents identified them to be from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

Previousl, on Nov. 16, agents and local authorities arrested 44 illegal aliens after discovering them at a residence in Rio Grande City.

A Border Patrol spokesman said it processed the subjects and cases accordingly.

Yuma-area Border Patrol Agents arrest convicted child molester, two companions

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Station Border Patrol agents apprehended a male previously convicted of child molestation as he attempted to make illegal entry into the United States on Sept. 29.

Symbol of the Border Patrol, Yuma SectionAt approximately 3:40 p.m., agents working in the Imperial Sand Dunes area apprehended a group of three Mexican nationals. During processing, agents identified one subject who had various criminal and administrative convictions, including felony child molestation. He was removed from the United States in 2013 from Texas.

The man, whose name was not released, will be prosecuted for re-entry as a previously deported aggravated felon, the Border Patrol said. The other two Mexican nationals were arrested and returned to Mexico.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

ICE, Border Patrol raid of Chaparral stash house results in 57 arrests

CHAPARRAL, N.M. – Continuing a recent trend, U.S. Border Patrol and ICE agents discovered a crowded stash house containing 48 illegal aliens last week.

El Paso Border Patrol Agents investigating a potential smuggling scheme encountered seven illegal aliens near the El Paso International Airport. The illegal aliens provided information that led to the discovery of four dozen other illegal aliens inside the stash house in Chaparral, New Mexico.

CPB, 2 agents at the border fence

Standing in front of a stretch of border wall.

Following the discovery, a lawfully admitted permanent resident and his wife were arrested on smuggling charges. The aliens from Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico also were arrested, making a total of 57 people taken into custody.

The Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deportation Officers (ICE-DO) took part in the arrests.

The stash house discovery comes on the heels of a recent take-down last month where 32 persons were found inside of an El Paso, Texas, stash house in the Lower Valley.

 “Border Patrol Agents, joined by HSI and ICE-DO identified a stash house with 48 illegal aliens inside a Chaparral, New Mexico residence,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “This incident demonstrates the continued exploitation by transnational criminal organizations who repeatedly use humans for profit regardless of the inherent risks including the potential for the spread of COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic.”

Border Patrol seizes over 16 pounds of meth

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents seized over 16 pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend in two separate events.

Border Patrol agents sidelined a commercial passenger bus as it approached the Highway 86 checkpoint on Sept. 26, directing it to secondary inspection area for an immigration inspection of its passengers. 

While in secondary inspection, agents noticed a man who appeared nervous and stuttering during his immigration interview. Agents received his consent to pat down his person for safety reasons. During the pat-down, an agent felt a stiff canvas-like material strapped to the man’s leg. When asked about it, the man admitted to having illegal drugs strapped to his thigh. Agents arrested the passenger, escorted him off the bus, and took him to the detention area for further processing. Agents safely removed a cellophane wrapped package duct-taped to the man’s thigh. The substance inside the package, which weighed about 1.14 pounds, tested positive for methamphetamine. The package of meth has an estimated value of $2,565. 

El Centro Sector agents turned over the passenger, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen, and the narcotics to the Border Crimes Suppression Team. 

methamphetamine powder The second incident occurred the afternoon of the following day when an individual near a campsite in Westmorland waved down a Border Patrol agent. The person said that a man driving a red off-road vehicle had abandoned a backpack and driven off as soon as he saw a marked Border Patrol vehicle approaching. Agents discovered multiple plastic-wrapped packages inside the backpack. Agents took the abandoned backpack and its contents to the Highway 86 checkpoint for processing. The substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.

The total weight of the meth was approximately 15.147 pounds, with an estimated value of $34,081. El Centro Sector agents turned over the narcotics to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Laredo Port of Entry CBP officers seize hard narcotics worth $10.1 million at World Trade Bridge

LAREDO, Texas — In four unrelated interdictions at the Laredo Port of Entry during the past week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized hard narcotics valued at $10.1 million at the World Trade Bridge.

The first enforcement action occurred on Sept. 21 when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility at the Laredo Port of Entry encountered a truck from Mexico with manifesting a fifth wheel boom, often seen on tow trucks. The truck, a 2004 Ford F-150, and shipment were referred for further inspection by a canine and a non-intrusive imaging system inspection, which resulted in the discovery of 24 packages containing 59.17 pounds of alleged cocaine within the shipment.  The narcotics have an estimated street value of $456,280, said a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO).

Later that evening, CBP officers referred a 2010 International tractor, hauling a shipment of foam chips, for a secondary inspection.  Inspection by a canine and x-ray machine led CBP officers to the discovery of a total of 130 packages containing 3,186.56 pounds of alleged marijuana buried within the shipment.  The narcotics have an estimated street value of $637,305, CBP said.

448 pounds of meth seized by Customs and Border Patrol at the Laredo, Texas border Baggies containing 448 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

The third narcotics interception took place the following day, on Sept. 22, when CBP officers referred a 1999 Ford F-550 truck, carrying a shipment of brake parts, for a secondary inspection.  Aided by a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers the discovered 200 packages containing 448.59 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.  CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $ 8,971,840.

The fourth seizure occurred later that evening, when CBP officers referred a 2009 International trailer and its shipment of car parts for a secondary inspection.  Officers examined the merchandise, again using a canine and non-intrusive imaging system, and discovered two packages containing 2.16 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.  CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $43,210.

Customs and Border Patrol said the narcotics from the four seizures have a combined, estimated street value of $10,108,635.

“International trade continues to show extraordinary growth, causing illicit drug traffickers to become bold in their attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry.

CBP officers seized the narcotics.  The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Source: Customs and Border Protection

Lake Havasu Bureau of Land Management, 3 Sheriffs’ Departments, Havasu Police, Divers Association, Sea Scouts, partner in lake cleanup

Divers prepare to retrieve trash and debris from the bottom of Lake Havasu's Steamboat Cove. Photo-Chris Wonderly-BLM,8x6.jpg

Divers prepare to retrieve trash and debris from the bottom of Lake Havasu’s Steamboat Cove. Photo – Chris Wonderly, The Real BLM.

Lake Havasu City – Thirty-five divers, including scouts, law enforcement officers, volunteers, and Bureau of Land Management (the real BLM) staff removed trash and other debris from the shoreline and bottom of Steamboat Cove on Sept. 20, making for a cleaner and safer recreation experience. The divers spent a combined 31 dive hours during the event. Two canoes, a kayak, and the larger boats retrieved debris that the divers brought up from the Arizona side of Lake Havasu.

In the second annual cleanup of Steamboat Cove , the Bureau of Land Management’s Lake Havasu Field Office partnered with the Lake Havasu Divers Association, Lake Havasu Sea Scouts, Lake Havasu City Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the second annual cleanup of Steamboat Cove, one of the federal BLM’s most popular boat-in recreation sites on Lake Havasu.

Cans, bottles, and plastic cups made the bulk of the litter. Divers also found some more unique items including a tire, watch, cell phone, and anchor. The Lake Havasu Sea Scouts who participated earned an aquatic-based merit badge for their hard work and public service.

Steamboat Cove is one of 73 shoreline recreation sites the federal BLM manages along the Colorado River.

MORE PHOTOS and details HERE.

Mohave Sheriffs arrest four, confiscate 89 pounds of meth in Kingman

Sept. 18 — Four Georgia residents were arrested after Mohave County deputies confiscated almost 90 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Kingman on Sept. 17. The drugs have a street value of approximately $3.9 million, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.

90 pounds of meth

Bundles of methamphetamine, totalling 89 pounds, with a street value of about $3.9 million, was confiscated after a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Kingman on Thursday.


The Sheriff’s Office reported the seizure was the result of an interdiction law enforcement operation involving the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) task force and others.

MAGNET detectives conducted a traffic stop at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 40 at approximately Milepost 57. During the traffic stop, an Arizona Department of Public Safety canine (K9) brought to the scene assisted with the stop. After the canine gave “a positive alert,” the vehicle was searched and numerous bundles totaling 89 pounds of methamphetamine was located hidden inside the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Arrested and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of transportation and possession of dangerous drugs for sale were four people, all Georgia residents: German Alvarado, 22, Marlon Torres, 24, Abril Arreguin, 28, and Moises Moralez-Marquez, 30. They were booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility in Kingman.

Sources: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office; Mohave Valley Daily News

Border Patrol intercepts large fentanyl load at Amado, Arizona Checkpoint

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents on Sept. 17 seized more than 17 pounds of fentanyl at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, AZ, 12 miles south of Green Valley.

Tucson Sector agents at the primary inspection lane encountered a 25-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer around 10:30 a.m. Following a trained canine’s alert, agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection, where X-ray scans revealed anomalies within a medical respirator on the backseat. Agents found multiple packages of suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside it.

At left: Agents discovered fentanyl pills inside of a medical respirator.

The highly dangerous opioid pills have an approximate street value of $188,000, the Border Patrol said.

The U.S. citizen driver from Nogales, Arizona, was arrested and the fentanyl pills and vehicle seized. The case has since been taken over by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, who welcome assistance from the community.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lead to Several Arrests In Del Rio, Texas Area

DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents made several arrests with the assistance of CBP Air and Marine Operations’ Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) on Sept. 16.

In five separate events, UAS crews assisted agents in the field, resulting in 26 arrests. Eight illegal aliens were located and arrested near Comstock, 10 near Del Rio, seven near Eagle Pass, and four near Carrizo Springs, Customs and Border Patrol said.

Air and Marine Operations crews use cutting-edge systems technology, and real-time networked data dissemination and exploitation to detect, identify, monitor, and coordinate a response with law enforcement partners to threats at the nation’s border and on approach to the United States. This real-time view allows agents to effectively patrol vast amounts of land that may be otherwise inaccessible to agents.

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The three Republican offices in Mohave County are offering a wide array of Trump apparel, bumper stickers and yard signs. Stop by and pick up a bumper sticker ($2 or free with purchase of a hat) or more, and say hello!

KINGMAN
2116 N. Stockton Hill Road, Suite B
Kingman, AZ 86401
(928) 279-1411

LAKE HAVASU CITY
2176 McCulloch Blvd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
(928) 855-8006

BULLHEAD CITY
1185 Hancock, Suite #1
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
(928) 758-4467