CBP Officers Seize $1.4 Million in Hard Narcotics at Laredo Port of Entry

LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized hard narcotics in four separate, unrelated incidents that totaled over $1,400,000 in street value.

The first seizure occurred on June 28 at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, after a CBP officer referred a 2007 Cadillac Escalade arriving from Mexico for a secondary inspection. Following inspection by a canine and a non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages containing 7.8 pounds of alleged cocaine and packages containing 2.51 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the drivers’ personal belongings.

Packages containing methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl valued at more than $958,000 seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge.

Packages containing methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl valued at more than $958,000 seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge.

The narcotics had an estimated street value of $110,444.

The second enforcement action that same day occurred at the World Trade Bridge, after CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a daily express consignment truck arriving from Mexico. The 2020 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a follow-up inspection that resulted in the discovery of 11.11 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $222,223.

The third enforcement action occurred at the World Trade Bridge later that evening, after CBP officers encountered a tractor manifesting a shipment of plastic scrap arriving from Mexico. The 2020 International tractor and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of packages containing 19.75 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, 32.67 pounds of alleged cocaine and 22.88 pounds of alleged fentanyl within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $958,404.

The fourth enforcement action occurred on June 29th at the World Trade Bridge after CBP officers encountered a daily express consignment truck arriving from Mexico. The 2011 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 7.05 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $141,094.

The four interceptions have a combined street value of $1,432,165.

CBP 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.

“In an effort to secure our Nation’s borders, as these narcotics seizures clearly illustrate, CBP has implemented enforcement strategies that have furthered the disruption of dangerous drugs entering the country,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.

Agents Thwart Human Smuggling Attempt, Apprehend Driver with Drugs and Illegal Firearm

Blythe, Calif. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe station thwarted a human smuggling attempt at the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint on June 23, and discovered the driver of the vehicle was in possession of dangerous drugs and an illegal firearm.

Agents inspecting a BMW sedan at the checkpoint located northwest of Yuma near Palo Verde, Calif., discovered that two females sitting in the back seat were Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.

The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Anaheim, California, was directed to pull into the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area for further investigation. During the secondary inspection, a canine alerted agents to drugs in the vehicle.

Agents discovered 0.72 grams of heroin, four grams of methamphetamine, over three grams of marijuana, 10 pieces of drug paraphernalia, and a cache of potentially fake and stolen credit cards, driver’s licenses, and other forms of identification, as well as a printer machine that may have been used to make fraudulent documents. In addition, agents found a loaded firearm that was unidentifiable due to the make and model number being shaved off.

The Border Patrol conducted record checks on the driver and the front passenger, who was also a U.S. citizen, and found they had multiple felony convictions for burglary and receiving stolen property, DUI/hit and run and possession of dangerous drugs, respectively.

The driver of the vehicle was turned over to local law enforcement and the two Mexican nationals were processed and returned to Mexico under the Title 42 directive. The front passenger, a 52-year-old male from Riverside, Calif., was processed for his involvement in the alien smuggling case.

As of press June 26, Customs and Border Patrol Press Officer Robert Daniels had not provided the names of the individuals detained, nor whether any of them were named Hunter Biden.

Posted June 26, 2021

Arizona State Troopers Seize More Than $6 Million in Illegal Drugs in Two Traffic Stops (That Somehow Made It Across the Border)

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Arizona State Troopers seized more than $6 million in illegal drugs on May 15 and 18.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Canine District trooper stopped the driver of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 westbound at milepost 237, near Marana, for multiple violations on Saturday night, May 15.

Inside the truck cab, troopers discovered 44.9 pounds of heroin, 40 pounds of fentanyl pills and 21.4 pounds of methamphetamine stowed in backpacks and duffel bags, which had somehow escaped notice while passing through a border checkpoint in Southern Arizona. AZDPS said the estimated street value of these drugs is more than $2.5 million.

The driver, 52-year-old Jesus E. Sepulveda, of Nogales, Az., was arrested on charges including possession and transportation of narcotic drugs for sale and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

Three days later, on Tuesday, May 18th, the same trooper stopped the driver of a passenger car heading eastbound on Interstate 10 eastbound at milepost 48, in the Salome area, for a traffic violation. Searching the vehicle, troopers found 74 pounds of fentanyl pills with an estimated street value of $3.7 million, which had also somehow made it through the southern border.

The driver, 21-year-old Andrew Reyna of Los Angeles, was booked into La Paz County Jail on charges of possession and transportation of a narcotic drug for sale.

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Jesus E. Sepulveda, 52, of Nogales, Az., was arrested on charges including possession and transportation of narcotic drugs for sale.

2021-05-15 Driver Reyna Andrew arrested for transporting illegal drugs

Andrew Reyna, 21, of Los Angeles, was booked into La Paz County Jail on charges of possession and transportation of a narcotic drug for sale.

“Arizona’s Border Strike Force continues to seize significant amounts of illegal narcotics coming across the southern border,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “Keeping these dangerous and deadly drugs out of America’s schools and neighborhoods is a heroic effort. I’m grateful to this State Trooper and all who serve the people of Arizona fighting the flow of drug smuggling and human trafficking across the border.”

The goal of the Arizona Border Strike Force (BSF) is to deter, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that breach the border in their quest to conduct criminal activity in our state.

The BSF operations focus on statewide roving criminal interdiction patrol details, intelligence-led remote area operations, outbound details, and deterrent saturation patrols. Specific units within the Border Strike Force Bureau include the Canine District, the Southern Investigations District, and the Vehicle Theft District.

Posted May 28, 2021

Yuma Sector Canine Sniffs Out Fentanyl; Kingman Residents Involved

YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma Sector canine working at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 78 near Blythe, Calif., on May 13 sniffed out a sandwich bag containing fentanyl pills hidden in a suitcase.

At approximately 8 a.m., Border Patrol agents referred a Toyota Prius to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area following a canine alert. Agents determined that the four vehicle occupants were U.S. citizens from Kingman, Az. Three of them drove to Calexico, Calif., to pick up the fourth and they were in the process of heading back to Kingman when they drove through the checkpoint.

Border Patrol agents confiscated a sandwich bag containing fentanyl pills.
Border Patrol agents confiscated a sandwich bag containing fentanyl pills.

During a search of the vehicle, agents found a plastic bag containing 77 grams of fentanyl pills, worth approximately $1,800, in a suitcase that belonged to the 32-year-old female who was picked up in Calexico. Border agents arrested the woman and seized the fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent. Only two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. The female smuggler possessed the equivalent of 77,000 milligrams of fentanyl, the Border Patrol said.

Posted May 17, 2021

Texas Customs and Border Patrol Officers Seize Nearly $1.9 Million in Narcotics in Three Seizures

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – In three separate enforcement actions this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted alleged narcotics that have a combined estimated street value of $1,892,620.

The first drug seizure took place on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Veterans International Bridge at Brownsville when a 59-year-old male Mexican citizen from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States He was driving a 2007 Mercedes Benz autobus, which was referred to a CBP secondary examination station where, with the aid of a canine unit and a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 58 packages hidden within the autobus. 

Packages containing 67 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry.

Packages containing 67 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry.

Officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 67.18 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The second seizure took place on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 26-year-old female United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas, driving a 2000 Honda Accord applied for entry into the United States.  The vehicle was referred to secondary examination after a canine sniffing the vehicle alerted officers to something suspicious. With the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 20 packages hidden within the Honda Accord, which contained a total of 23.32 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.

The third seizure took place on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 18-year-old male United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States as the driver of a 2008 Dodge Avenger.  The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  In secondary, with the aid of a canine unit and a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 11 packages hidden within the Dodge Avenger which contained a total of 27.69 pounds of alleged cocaine and one package which contained a total of 3.52 pounds of alleged meth.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizures is approximately $1,142,060, $466,493 and $284,067, respectively, for a total of nearly $1.9 million.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“Our CBP officers’ hard work and dedication has led to these significant narcotics seizures and our streets are safer for it,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.

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

CBP seizes narcotics worth $681K at Mid-Valley International Bridges in Texas

PHARR, Texas—Two persons were arrested Sept. 18 in connection with two failed drug smuggling attempts of alleged methamphetamine and marijuana in separate, unrelated incidents.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) made the busts at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility and at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Texas.

“These two seizures of narcotics in separate environments are indicative of drug-smuggling organizations’ persistence in bringing drugs across the border,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers remain committed to the safety of our communities and seizures like these are the result.”

At left: Packages containing 486 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge, Texas.

On Sept. 16, 2020, a CBP officer assigned to the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge referred for further inspection a 23-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico who was driving a Chrysler Pacifica. Using non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment as part of the secondary examination, officers discovered 21 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 29 pounds (13.24 kg) concealed within the car. The drugs have a street value of $583,778.

Later that day at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility, a CBP officer referred a 63-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a tractor with an empty trailer for a secondary examination, which resulted in the discovery of 204 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the trailer. The packages that weighed 486 pounds (220.5 kg) are valued at $97,222.

CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the car and arrested the man and woman. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took them both into custody and continue with the investigations.

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CBP officers discover narcotics worth over $2 million at Pharr International Bridge, Texas

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted $2,361,500 worth of alleged methamphetamine and heroin in a commercial trailer arriving from Mexico. The drugs were seized by the CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.

“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our cargo facility,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “CBP continues to analyze smuggling methods and utilize intelligence, experience and technology to keep our border communities safe and secure.”

Packages containing 85.63 pounds of methamphetamine and 16.22 pounds of heroin seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge.

On Sep. 16, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility, a CBP officer referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh produce for further inspection. The secondary examination included the assistance of a (canine team) and subsequently officers discovered suspected narcotics hidden within the shipment. Officers removed 162 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 85.63 pounds (38.84 kg) and 30 packages of alleged heroin weighing 16.22 pounds (7.36 kg). These drugs are valued at $1,712,500 and $649,000, respectively.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Source: CBP newsroom

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.