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  • #31
    Rio Grande Valley agents rocked during rescue of a pregnant woman

    Release Date:
    July 11, 2018



    PROGRESO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents were attacked with rocks while providing medical assistance to a pregnant woman.
    On Saturday, Weslaco agents observed a group of illegal aliens using a tree to climb up the Progreso Port of Entry (POE) after a failed attempt to gain entry into the United States. The agents alerted officials working at the POE and approached the group. As they got closer to the area, agents noticed two subjects on top of the bridge and a woman in distress at the base of the tree. The woman, a 25 year-old Mexican national, was complaining of back pain and claimed to be pregnant. As agents began to provide the woman with medical attention, one of the subjects on the bridge began to throw rocks at the agents.
    The agents were able to move to the woman to a safe location and had the local Emergency Medical Services transport her to the hospital for an evaluation. The assailants fled back to Mexico.
    Once cleared by medical staff, the woman will be processed accordingly.
    From October 1, 2107, to June 30, 2018, the Rio Grande Valley Sector has rescued 1157 people, an increase of 53% when compared to last year.

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    • #32
      tash house in Rio Grande Valley disrupted

      Release Date:
      July 11, 2018



      WESLACO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector dismantle a stash house operation resulting in the apprehension of 16 illegal aliens.
      Yesterday, Border Patrol agents, working in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Constables Office, Precinct 4, identified a suspected stash house operating out of a residence in Weslaco, Texas. The individuals located inside were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
      All subjects will be processed accordingly. The case is being referred for prosecution.







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      • #33
        Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest 32 Illegal Aliens, 2 Smugglers

        Release Date:
        July 10, 2018



        DEL RIO, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Eagle Pass South and Brackettville Stations disrupted two separate smuggling attempts, leading to the apprehension of 32 illegal aliens and two smugglers.
        “Partnering with our local, state and federal partners is a vital component of our strategy,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Human smuggling organizations will stop at nothing to exploit desperate people.”
        On July 9, Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass along with other law enforcement partners arrested 26 illegal aliens and one suspected smuggler.
        In a separate event that same day, agents performing their duties near Brackettville found several sets of footprints in the brush. After following the prints for a few miles, agents apprehended seven illegal aliens hiding in a brushy area. One of the subjects was identified as a suspected smuggler.
        The smuggled subjects, were processed per CBP guidelines for being illegally present in the United States. The suspected smugglers face charges of 8 USC § 1324 – Alien Smuggling.

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        • #34
          Border Patrol Agents rescue a three-year-old abandoned in the Rio Grande

          Release Date:
          July 10, 2018



          EDINBURG, Texas – Yesterday, McAllen agents rescued a three year old separated from her mother by smugglers and abandoned in the river.
          In the early afternoon hours, the McAllen Station received information from Hidalgo Port of Entry regarding possible illegal aliens underneath the bridge. As agents responded, they encountered a female claiming that her three-year-old daughter was missing. She stated that the guide/smuggler crossed her into the US alone. Then, as the smuggler attempted to cross her daughter, she observed them both drifting down river as she lost sight of them. She could not see if they had returned to Mexico or if her child drifted away by herself.
          Harlingen Border Patrol Station riverine units and a National Guard helicopter deployed to the area in search of the child. Agents located the child walking on the river road and immediately checked the child for injuries before reuniting her with the mother. The child was unharmed and not in need of medical assistance.
          From October 1, 2107, to June 30, 2018, the Rio Grande Valley Sector has rescued 1157 people, an increase of 53% when compared to last year.

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          • #35
            Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Discover Illegal Aliens Hidden in Windjammer of Tractor Trailers
            Release Date:
            July 11, 2018
            https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-m...-aliens-hidden
            LAREDO, Texas – On July 10, 2018, Laredo North Agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 encountered two smuggling cases in which a total of four illegal aliens were found inside the windjammer of the tractor.

            The first event transpired after the driver of a tractor trailer was questioned regarding his immigration status and was referred to secondary for further inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics. Upon further inspection, Border Patrol Agents discovered two illegal aliens hidden in the windjammer. The driver was identified as a United States citizen.

            The second event occurred several hours later when the driver of a tractor trailer was questioned regarding his immigrations status. During a non-intrusive inspection utilizing the x-ray machine, agents detected an anomaly in the windjammer of the tractor, which was later revealed to be two illegal aliens. The driver of the second vehicle was identified as a Mexican National who was lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

            The four illegal aliens were found in good health and were identified as being from the countries of Mexico and Ecuador. All subjects were placed under arrest and processed accordingly.

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            • #36
              Nogales CBP Officers Make Near Record Hard Drug Seizure-RePost w/added photo

              Release Date:
              July 10, 2018



              TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested two Mexican nationals involved in separate failed smuggling attempts of methamphetamine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and heroin into the United States over the weekend.
              Officers at the DeConcini Crossing referred a 38-year-old male for further inspection of his Saturn sedan Friday afternoon. Following a positive alert from a CBP canine, officers seized more than 21 pounds of cocaine from the vehicle’s firewall, worth an estimated $239,200.
              On Saturday, CBP officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility referred a 65-year-old man for further inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving into the United States from Mexico. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, leading to the discovery of more than 364 pounds of meth, worth almost $1,092,300; six pounds of heroin, worth more than $100,000; almost 7 pounds of fentanyl, worth more than $95,000; and 6,000 suspected oxycodone pills, with a value of nearly $113,000.
              The second seizure is the third largest meth seizure of its kind by a CBP port of entry in Arizona.
              Officers seized the drugs and both vehicles, trailer, and commodity. Both subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.



              U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.



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              • #37
                Yuma Sector Immigration Checkpoint Agents Arrest 26 in Human Smuggling Attempts

                Release Date:
                July 12, 2018



                YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at two different immigration checkpoints arrested 26 illegal aliens in two significant human smuggling attempts over the last week.


                Just after midnight last night, a Wellton Station Border Patrol supervisor was working the immigration checkpoint on eastbound Interstate 8 near Yuma when a white Ford E-350 passenger van containing 13 subjects stopped for inspection. A work helmet and reflective safety vest commonly worn by laborers were displayed on the dashboard. The driver, a 31-year-old male from Mexico, was questioned as to his citizenship and determined to be lawfully admitted for permanent residence. The 12 passengers were also questioned as to their citizenship and all were determined to be illegal aliens from Mexico. The driver was arrested for smuggling charges and the 12 illegal aliens were processed for removal proceedings.
                A second significant human smuggling attempt occurred Friday. Blythe Station Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint near Palo Verde, California arrested 14 illegal aliens after they attempted to circumvent the checkpoint on foot. Thirteen were Mexican nationals and one was a Guatemalan national. All were determined to have been part of a human smuggling attempt and were processed for removal proceedings.

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                • #38
                  Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol continues to see juveniles exploited by the cartels

                  Release Date:
                  July 18, 2018



                  BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrest three juvenile drug smugglers.

                  Juveniles are increasingly being used
                  in smuggling
                  On Thursday, Fort Brown agents observed several subjects illegally enter the United States with bundles of narcotics on their backs. Agents responded and arrested a 25 year-old man and a 15 year-old juvenile. The remaining subjects fled to Mexico. A search of the area led to the discovery of 3 bundles of marijuana weighing over 64 pounds with an estimated street value of over $51K.
                  Yesterday, also in the Fort Brown area of responsibility, agents responded to a report of four subjects illegally entering the United States. Upon arrival, they located and arrested two 17 year-old juveniles carrying bundles of marijuana and observed the other two subjects jump back into the Rio Grande, returning to Mexico. The marijuana weighed more than 68 pounds and had an estimated street value of over $55K.
                  The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the subjects were referred for prosecution.
                  The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns to include “Operation Detour”, an outreach program where agents attend local schools to talk about the dangers and possibility of recruitment of juveniles by the cartels, “Operation Big Rig” which focuses on rescues and danger awareness, and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity.
                  Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.



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                  • #39
                    AZ Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two Registered Sex Offenders

                    Release Date:
                    July 18, 2018



                    TUCSON, Ariz. –Two men with violent criminal histories have been arrested after illegally entering into the United States.
                    U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Sonoita Station apprehended 57-year-old Reinaldo Ciro Duran from El Salvador after he illegally crossed the border west of Sonoita Friday night. A records check on Duran revealed several convictions in California to include animal cruelty, assault and molestation of a minor in 2016. Duran has previously served more than 500 days in prison for his crimes.
                    On Tuesday evening, agents from the Brian A. Terry Station encountered 33-year-old Arnoldo Rene Agustin from Guatemala after he illegally entered the United States. A records check revealed a 2012 Berkeley County, South Carolina conviction for sexual exploitation of a minor and attempted lewd act on a child, for which he served six years in prison.
                    Both men are in federal custody and are being presented for criminal felony immigration charges.
                    All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo record checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
                    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.



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                    • #40
                      Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol discovers eight in a Roma stash house

                      Release Date:
                      July 19, 2018



                      ROMA, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector dismantle a stash house operation resulting in the apprehension of eight illegal aliens.
                      Yesterday, Border Patrol agents, working in collaboration with the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, identified a suspected stash house operating out of a residence in Roma, Texas. Inside, agents found a total of eight illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala.
                      All subjects will be processed accordingly.
                      The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
                      Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.



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                      • #41
                        Guatemalan Minor Rescued During Joint National Guard / Border Patrol
                        Flight


                        Release Date:
                        July 19, 2018

                        TUCSON, Ariz. –A 17-year-old Guatemalan male was rescued by a joint Arizona National Guard and U.S. Border Patrol flight crew Monday when he was found alone and in distress in the desert near Sells.

                        The UH-60 Blackhawk flight crew responded to a 911 emergency call for help while conducting a partnered border security mission.

                        The youth entered the U.S. illegally before succumbing to the effects of Arizona's harsh desert environment. A Border Patrol medical technician administered intravenous fluids to the unaccompanied minor who suffered from severe heat exhaustion and dehydration.

                        The young man was treated and his health ensured before being transported to Border Patrol’s Tucson Station for processing for illegal entry into the United States. The swift actions and dedicated service of both National Guard personnel and U.S. Border Patrol agents are credited with saving his life.

                        This incident highlights the dangers faced by migrants. Children in particular are extremely vulnerable, not only to exploitation, but also to environmental conditions such as extreme heat and cold.

                        The partnered operations conducted by the Arizona National Guard and U.S. Border Patrol are a long standing, successful set of missions, separate from Operation Guardian Support. Utilizing National Guard aircraft and personnel to conduct border security flights along the United States’ international southwest border strengthens national security.

                        U.S. Border Patrol agents combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through the nation’s borders. Citizens can help U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

                        A video of the rescue can be accessed via DVIDS at: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/614356/joint-air-patrol .






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                        • #42
                          Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol rescues continue through the unforgiving South Texas heat

                          Release Date:
                          July 19, 2018



                          SULLIVAN CITY, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents locate an unconscious woman and rescue a man in distress.
                          On Tuesday, McAllen agents responded to a call from the Sullivan City Police Department requesting assistance with a group of illegal aliens that had turned themselves in. Upon arrival, agents identified a 23 year-old Mexican national who displayed symptoms of a heat related illness. Agents contacted the local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to transport the man to the local hospital for an evaluation. As agents waited for EMS, the man informed agents he had illegally crossed the Rio Grande with his wife and two small children. The man explained after crossing the river, he felt the trek north would be too dangerous for his family and asked his wife to return to Mexico with their children. The man was concerned that his family did not return to Mexico and were lost in the brush.
                          The Border Patrol deployed several search teams, including a National Guard air unit, to along the U.S. riverbank. While searching, agents encountered an unconscious woman. The woman, who did not match the description of the spouse, was extracted from the dense foliage and air-lifted to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition. After an extensive search of the area, the man’s wife and children were not located.
                          The following day, as agents were speaking with the man about the the last area he saw his family, his wife called his cell phone to inform him that she was safe in Mexico with their children.
                          The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
                          Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.



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                          • #43
                            Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol arrests 18th Street gang member posing as a family unit

                            Release Date:
                            July 25, 2018



                            EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents across the Rio Grande Valley arrested two members of the 18th street gang and a United States citizen sexual predator.
                            On Monday, agents assigned to the Falfurrias station arrested a United States citizen attempting to smuggle two illegal aliens through the checkpoint. The man’s record revealed that he was arrested by the Austin Police Department in 2002 for indecency with a child sexual contact. The man was convicted and sentenced to two years probation.
                            Also on Monday, McAllen agents apprehended a Salvadoran national near Granjeno, Texas. The man entered the country illegally with his minor son. His record later revealed that he is a member of the 18th Street gang.
                            Yesterday, Falfurrias agents arrested a Salvadoran national whose records showed that he is a member of the 18th Street gang.
                            The men will be processed accordingly.
                            The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
                            Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.



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                            • #44
                              Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol rescues seven from life-threatening heat, one succumbs

                              Release Date:
                              July 25, 2018



                              EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley located eight illegal aliens in distress, rescued seven and one died at a hospital.
                              Yesterday, Falfurrias agents responded to two separate 911 calls from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding reports of illegal aliens lost in the vast ranch lands. Agents rescued five men.
                              Later in the evening hours, McAllen agents responded to a 911 call from the Sullivan City Police Department regarding a lost father and son that were in distress. Both agents and police officers responded, located the pair, and provided immediate medical care. Emergency Medical Services was requested and upon arrival advised that the father was in full cardiac arrest. The two Mexican nationals were transported to a local hospital. The father was pronounced dead at the hospital and the son was treated and discharged.
                              Today, Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents responded to another 911 call from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding a man lost in the brush. Agents located and rescued the man.
                              All subjects will be processed accordingly.
                              The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
                              Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.



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                              • #45
                                Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol rescues unaccompanied child who only speaks dialect

                                Release Date:
                                July 24, 2018



                                WESLACO, Texas – Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco station encountered an unaccompanied child that is unable to communicate with agents because he only speaks dialect.
                                Agent encounters child who only
                                speak regional dialect Agents discovered the eight-year-old boy after he was smuggled across the Rio Grande and abandoned by a river road alone. The child was unable to provide basic biographical information to agents as they questioned him during initial contact. Agents were only able to obtain his name and age.
                                Upon arriving to the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center, agents attempted to gather additional information from the child but were unsuccessful due to the language barrier. The Border Patrol is currently working with consulate offices to determine the child’s nationality and dialect origin to process him accordingly.
                                The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
                                Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.



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