Agents Continue to Encounter Armed Subjects in the Rio Grande Valley

On Monday afternoon, agents working at the Falfurrias Checkpoint referred a Ford Escape to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the vehicle.


U.S. Border Patrol agents seized two firearms during separate drug smuggling attempts

On Monday afternoon, agents working at the Falfurrias Checkpoint referred a Ford Escape to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the vehicle.

At secondary, agents discovered two small bags of marijuana, along with other drug paraphernalia. Agents also located a loaded 9mm firearm, which records indicated was stolen.

Agents arrested a 30 year-old United States citizen, who claimed ownership of the marijuana and firearm, and turned him over to the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office.

Early this morning, agents working along U.S. Highway 77 near Armstrong, Texas, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a white Ford Taurus.

The driver of the Taurus refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit came to an end when the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene. Inside the vehicle agents located a loaded .45 caliber firearm on the driver’s side door.

Additionally, agents found a large amount of cash in the center console and several bundles of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.

So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized more than 100 firearms that were discovered during the commission of a crime, a nearly twofold increase compared to same time period as last year.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. 

The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

Blogs to Follow:

CBP.gov (July 2020) Agents Continue to Encounter Armed Subjects in the Rio Grande Valley

Border Patrol Yields Significant Captures

Over the course of a busy 24 hours, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a huge number of individuals inside a tractor trailer at the Interstate 35 (I-35) Border Patrol checkpoint and at a stash house in south Laredo, Texas.


Over the course of a busy 24 hours, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a huge number of individuals inside a tractor trailer at the Interstate 35 (I-35) Border Patrol checkpoint and at a stash house in south Laredo, Texas.

One of the individuals apprehended inside the tractor-trailer was discovered to have been previously convicted for murder.

The first incident occurred during the early afternoon of July 21, when a tractor-trailer approached the I-35 checkpoint and a Service canine alerted agents to the trailer. 

At secondary, agents discovered 58 individuals inside the trailer, all illegally present in the United States from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. 

The individuals and the driver, a U.S. Citizen, were turned over to Special Agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. 

The tractor and trailer were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

During the investigation, a Mexican national was determined to have a previous conviction on the charge of murder, out of Houston, Texas.  His conviction carried a sentence of 10 years confinement.  He was criminally charged for his immigration violations and remains in U.S. Border Patrol custody pending prosecution.

During the mid-evening of the same day, Laredo Sector agents, HSI special agents, and the Laredo Police Department (LPD) conducted surveillance at a suspected stash house on the 2700 block of Mier Street.  

A green SUV was observed leaving the house with several individuals inside.  LPD conducted a traffic stop and discovered that it was occupied by five individuals who were illegally present in the U.S.  The driver and his four passengers were taken into custody. 

Agents, along with HSI and LPD, apprehended 46 individuals, including one juvenile, at the residence.  The individuals were in the country illegally from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.  All were taken into custody pending investigation.

Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, smugglers continue to endanger the lives of individuals they exploit. 

Their lack of concern regarding who they bring into the country poses a great risk to the health and safety of our nation.  

U.S. Border Patrol agents strive to prevent the flow of illegal immigration, slow the spread of COVID-19, and guard against criminal elements entering our communities. 

To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.  

Blogs to Follow:

CBP.gov (July 2020) A Busy Day for Border Patrol Yields Significant Apprehensions

CBP Goes 4 for 4, Seizing Undeclared Currency, Firearms, and Ammunition while Conducting Outbound Inspections at Eagle Pass Port of Entry


U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) interdicted a steady stream of undeclared currency, firearms and ammunition this week in four enforcement actions at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

“Our front-line officers continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of blending inspection skills and experience with the use of technology in these enforcement actions,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

On Monday April 27, 2020, at Camino Real Bridge while inspecting a GMC 3500 truck, CBP officers discovered a Taurus Armas GC2 9 mm. pistol and two Pro Cal 9 mm magazines hidden within a DVD player. Pistol and magazines were seized and a $500 penalty was issued.

Also on April 27, CBP officers conducting an outbound examination of a Chevrolet Silverado discovered 28 .22-caliber rounds. The ammunition was seized.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the International Bridge 1 while conducting an examination of a Chevrolet 2500 truck, CBP officers discovered a Smith and Wesson SD40 Crimson Trace pistol, a Winchester 190 .22-calber long rifle, three Smith and Wesson SD40 14-round magazines, one Pro Mag Smith and Wesson .40-caliber 25-round magazine and 319 rounds of ammunition of varying calibers. The pistol, rifle, magazines and all ammunition were seized.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, CBP officers inspected a 2008 Saturn Astro XR traveling outbound at the Camino Real Bridge driven by a 35-year-old male Mexican citizen accompanied by a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen. During the inspection officers discovered $12,247 of unreported currency.

The undeclared money was seized and both subjects were arrested and turned over to Maverick County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.

CBP.gov (May 2020) CBP Goes 4 for 4, Seizing Undeclared Currency, Firearms, and Ammunition while Conducting Outbound Inspections at Eagle Pass Port of Entry

Since January, the Philadelphia CBP has seized more than 100 Shipments of Illicit Dermal Fillers


Even during times of great concern, people feel the need to look their very cosmetic best and to do so at the best price possible. What they don’t realize is that the cheaper dermal filler they purchase online could potentially make them ill, or never reach their doorstep because they violate U.S. import laws.

Since the beginning of the year, Customs and Border Protection officers in Philadelphia have seized more than 100 shipments of dermal filler bearing the brand names of Juvederm, Teoxane, Teosyal, Sculptera, Orthovisc, Revanesse, Restylane, Dyasport, and of course the more popularly known Botox.

CBP seized the dermal filler shipments for violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, specifically 21 USC 331, and for violating import licensing and permit requirements (19USC1595a). The shipments, which arrived aboard air cargo flights from Germany and Poland, were destined to addresses in states across the United States, but Florida was the most popular. The domestic value of each shipment ranged from less than $300 to $450, cheaper than what consumer would pay in the United States.

“American consumers should exercise caveat emptor, or buyer beware, that just because you purchase an item more cheaply online overseas does not necessarily mean it is lawful for importation to the United States or safe for consumer use,” said Joseph Martella, Area Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “Customs and Border Protection officers will continue to work with the trade industry and our consumer safety partners to intercept illicit and potentially dangerous products at our nation’s ports of entry.”

Consumers should also be aware that products purchased online may be counterfeit products that may have been manufactured in unregulated facilities with substandard or harmful ingredients. CBP urges consumer to buy from reputable vendors.

The Food and Drug Administration offers safety tips for dermal fillers, including never purchasing dermal filler on the Internet because they may be counterfeit, contaminated or harmful.

CBP’s border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. CBP officers screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.

CBP.gov (March 2020) Philadelphia CBP Seizes more than 100 Shipments of Illicit Dermal Fillers since January

Border Patrol Seizes Over 70 Pounds of Cocaine

Border Patrol agents arrested a man Wednesday evening who had over 70 pounds of cocaine hidden inside his truck.


Border Patrol agents arrested a man Wednesday evening who had over 70 pounds of cocaine hidden inside his truck.

On March 4th, at approximately 7 p.m., Border Patrol agents initiated a vehicle stop on a suspicious 2016 Nissan Frontier on Interstate 215 near the Murrieta Hot Springs exit.  Pursuant to a K-9 alert, the pickup truck was searched by agents.

The bundles of cocaine weighed 70.80 pounds and had an estimated street value of $786,450.

“In the last 72 hours San Diego Sector has seized over 117 pounds of lethal narcotics worth more than $1,300,000,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  “Thankfully these dangerous drugs will not reach our local communities.”

The driver, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest.  The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

See the following link for yesterday’s press release regarding another significant seizure. 

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

During the search, agents discovered 27 bundles of cocaine stashed inside the pickup’s front and rear seats, and underneath the seats. 

CBP.gov (March, 2020) Border Patrol Seizes Over 70 Pounds of Cocaine

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