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.  

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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

ICE Dallas arrests Salvadoran gang member wanted for capital murder


Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a Salvadoran man Thursday night in Arlington, Texas, who was wanted for capital murder. 

Jonathan Alexander Gonzalez-Rosales, 25, is in the U.S. illegally and an active member of the 18th Street Gang, a transnational criminal organization.

The Texas Office of the Attorney General assisted members of the ERO Dallas Fugitive Operations Team with the arrest.

According to court documents, Gonzalez-Rosales was wanted for the murder of Franklin Alexander Mercado, 17. Mercado’s body was discovered Jan. 22, 2020, in the 300 block of N. Prairie Creek Road in Dallas with multiple stab wounds. A Dallas County magistrate judge issued an arrest warrant for Gonzalez-Rosales April 1, 2020, for capital murder.

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ERO officers previously encountered Gonzalez-Rosales Dec. 10, 2017, at a magistrate court in San Antonio, Texas, and lodged an immigration detainer. The following day, ERO San Antonio issued Gonzalez-Rosales a Notice to Appear, and on Feb. 7, 2018, an immigration judge grant him bond. He was released from ICE custody Feb. 22, 2018, after posting bond.

Gonzalez-Rosales did not appear for his July 16, 2018, immigration court hearing, and an immigration judge in San Antonio ordered him removed in absentia to El Salvador.

He remained an immigration fugitive until his most recent arrest by ERO.

ERO Dallas officers arrested Gonzalez-Rosales April 2, 2020, in Arlington, Texas, and transported him to the Bedford City Jail in Bedford, Texas. 

On April 3, 2020, ERO Dallas processed Gonzalez-Rosales, who will remain in ICE custody until he is transferred to the Dallas County Jail to face the pending capital murder charges. 

ICE.gov (April 2020) ICE Dallas arrests Salvadoran gang member wanted for capital murder

Texas Couple Sentenced to a Combined 140 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Other Crimes Against Children

A husband and wife from Big Spring, Texas, were sentenced today to a combined 140 years in prison for crimes against children.


A husband and wife from Big Spring, Texas, were sentenced today to a combined 140 years in prison for crimes against multiple children. 

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made the announcement.

Christopher James Regan, 38, a former shipping logistics manager, was sentenced to 90 years in prison after pleading guilty in October 2019 to conspiracy to produce child pornography and two counts of producing child pornography.  Tanya Marie Regan, 35, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after her October 2019 guilty plea to conspiracy to produce child pornography and possession of prepubescent child pornography.  The sentences, which were imposed by U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman of the Northern District of Texas, also included lifetime terms of supervised release for both defendants.

According to court documents, Christopher and Tanya Regan sexually abused and produced child pornography of multiple children, and they possessed and distributed child pornography to one another as well.  The Regans also engaged in graphic discussions about the sexual abuse of children over several online platforms. 

In plea papers, the pair admitted that at Christopher Regan’s direction, Tanya Regan repeatedly videotaped herself sexually abusing children for Christopher Regan’s sexual gratification.

When law enforcement seized electronics from the home, several graphic videos had been deleted, but were still stored in the recycle bin or on unallotted space on various SD cards. Undeleted videos were stored in a computer folder titled “users\tanya_000\pictures\privatevids\minor.”

HSI’s San Angelo, Texas, office, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and the High Technology Investigative Unit within the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) investigated the case.  Substantial assistance was provide by the HSI offices in Lubbock and Tyler, Texas, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the National Center for Mission and Exploited Children.  Trial Attorney Kyle P. Reynolds of CEOS and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ann Howey and Jeffrey R. Haag prosecuted the case along with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell H. Lorfing.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

FBI.gov (February, 2020) Texas Couple Sentenced to a Combined 140 Years in Prison

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