A report by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says this year's influx of Central American migrants has begun to decline, but it calls on Congress for support in keeping the crisis in check.
Two shots were fired from a helicopter being operated in the U.S. by Mexican law enforcement yesterday morning.The helicopter crossed about 100 years into the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border in Nogales found 4.5 pounds of meth hidden inside an accordion.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an 18-year-old Mexican citizen attempted to take the accordion through a pedestrian gate on Monday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection finally allowed reporters to tour the facilities that have been designated for processing the sudden surge of children from Central America showing up at the U.S. border.There had been reports early on that these facilities were completely unprepared to have suitab ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Pot-smugglers are now short $1.2 million worth of product after trying to hide their stash in a load of jalapeños.This is hardly surprising, as the pot-in-the-jalapeños plot is one of the oldest tricks in the book of Mexican drug-smuggling.
Today in Found at the Border: A Mexican woman tried to cross the border in Nogales with five pounds of heroin in her underwear, according to authorities.According to federal court documents, 38-year-old Cristina Luna-Ramos tried to drive through the port of entry around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Officer ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the port of entry in Nogales seized a very creepy mask that someone tried to bring back into the United States.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman says an officer conducting a routine search of a car on Tuesday found "a suspicious mask that appe ... More >>
Today in Found at the border: There's a new all-time record for the largest unsuccessful pot-smuggling attempt in Arizona.The previous record was set in January, when a Mexican man attempted to drive 14,121 pounds of pot -- with an estimated value of $7.1 million -- through the port of entry in Noga ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border busted the old weed in the tortillas trick yesterday in Nogales.U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a 37-year-old Tucson man had 384 pounds of pot hidden among a shipment of fresh corn tortillas.
Today in Found at the Border: A Mexican teenager trying to cross the border into the United States this weekend who may have looked a little excited to see border officers just had a lot of meth in his "groin area."The 16-year-old, whose name wasn't released by authorities, had a pound-and-a-half of ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: For the second time in two weeks, a Mexican national was busted trying to smuggle weed into the United States by hiding the product in jalapeños.Whereas the Mexican national who attempted to bring more than 3,300 pounds of weed on May 27 stuffed the pot inside cans of ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: A 14-year-old boy trying to cross the border into the United States through Nogales was busted with six pounds of meth, and almost six grams of cocaine.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the boy was carrying a bag full of what appeared to be groceries, but ... More >>
Now that school is out for the summer, teens find themselves with more time on their hands. Apparently two teens living in the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora, decided to find summer jobs smuggling dope over the border. In two separate and unrelated seizures, U.S. Customs and Border Protection c ... More >>
Today in Found at the border: A Mexican national tried to smuggle 2,000 pounds of weed into the United States by hiding the stash in bricks of charcoal.Thanks to Wilhelm Röntgen's 1895 discovery of the X-ray, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were able to see late last week that the 1,000 ... More >>
Watch A clip from The Undocumented on PBS. See more from Independent Lens. I have very little to go on with the press release below from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement concerning the "apparent suicide" at the Eloy Detention Center by a 24 year-old Guatemalan woman named Elsa Guadalupe-Gon ... More >>
Customs and Border Patrol arrested a man who just tossed his cocaine into a duffel bag in the backseat of his car in an attempt to smuggle it across the border. Luis Gonzales Murillo, 33, is a Mexican national from the state of Sonora, and allegedly tried to drive the drugs across the border i ... More >>
A Mexican national discovered on Tuesday that a bunch of bell peppers won't conceal more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from the authorities.U.S. Customs and Border Protection made the find while the man was attempting to enter the United States through a commercial facility in Nogales with the load ... More >>
Unless someone's familiar with a Nogales-area establishment that sells chicken and meth in the same bucket, we'll have to rely on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's claim that it busted a smuggling attempt.Yes, the preferred method of smuggling in this attempt apparently was to hide multiple pound ... More >>
A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who let 1,200 pounds of weed roll on into the United States on a truck from Mexico was found guilty of several charges by a federal jury.Luis Vasquez faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine at his sentencing, which is scheduled ... More >>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to report that it has prevented 230 pounds of cheese from entering the United States of America.See also:-Drug Smugglers Now Shooting Weed Cannons Into United States-Border Crossing Gone Wrong: Jeep Gets Stuck on Top of 14-Foot Fence-Piñatas Used to Hide ... More >>
For all the "build the dang fence" advocates, or people who like to laugh at idiots, here you go -- someone tried to drive over the border fence near Yuma yesterday, and failed.
A recipe for disaster: U.S Customs and Border Patrol's lax policies over the use of lethal force. Inadequately trained agents sent to patrol rough desert terrain blanketed with fear and tension that's fueled by potential danger. A border-hawk sheriff putting weapons in the hands of unpaid civilia ... More >>
You probably could've seen this coming, but Governor Jan Brewer just couldn't issue a comment on the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie without mentioning President Obama or his administration.While most public officials remained cordial with their remarks (for example, Attorney Gener ... More >>
Yesterday, we informed you that it took eight law enforcement agencies to track down a guy who stole a first-edition book of Mormon.Jay Linford's been pegged by Mesa police as the guy who lifted the 182-year-old Book of Mormon from the Rare and Out of Print Books and Art store, and he was arrested ... More >>
A U.S. Border Patrol agent and a corrections officer with the Arizona Department of Correction were arrested yesterday on charges that they helped a drug trafficking organization (DTO) smuggle drugs into the United States.Ivhan Herrera-Chiang, 29, a U.S. Border Patrol agent stationed in Yuma, and ... More >>
Paul Babeu: I don't trust the feds.Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says he hasn't had a chance to read the U.S. Department of Justice's report on Joe Arpaio's committing some of the worst acts of racial profiling in U.S. history, but that isn't stopping him from chiming in and bashing the f ... More >>
No More Deaths, a Tucson-based human rights advocacy group, continues its push to end the abusive treatment immigrants suffer while in U.S. Border Patrol Custody.The group shares the stories of abuse, neglect and humiliation of 13,000 people detained by Border Patrol in a report released today -- ... More >>
An auto mechanic for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in Tucson says in a lawsuit that the agency and fellow employees are discriminating against him because he's a Christian. David Stanford, who's worked for the CBP's Tucson Sector Garage for about two yea ... More >>
www.funnypicturesofanything.comDepartment of Homeland Security officials confirm that a book glamorizing suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert earlier this week. The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was found Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Casa Grande substation who wa ... More >>
www.jetdesigns.comA U.S. Border Patrol agent was fatally shot while on patrol near Nogales Tuesday night.Authorities investigating the shooting aren't saying much about it at this point, only that the agent, 40-year-old Brian Terry, was killed about 11 p.m. yesterday near Peck Canyon while on pat ... More >>
www.bloodyelbow.comTypically, senior citizens don't draw too much suspicion from law enforcement, so we're a little shocked to learn that a 76-year-old Mexican woman was arrested for smuggling more than $125,000 worth of cocaine across the U.S./ Mexico border earlier this week.According to offici ... More >>
If you needed a reminder not to drink and drive this holiday weekend ...A 40-year-old woman from Sells, Arizona is facing negligent homicide, criminal damage and driving under the influence charges in connection with the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Cops said that based on field sobriety ... More >>
Obama: $600 million-tough on landscapers and nanniesSo President Barack Obama, who still talks a good game about "comprehensive immigration reform," has now signed a supplemental border security package worth $600 million to add 1,000 Border Patrol agents, as well as hundreds of new officers for Imm ... More >>
This disturbing video comes to us from Pan Left Productions, and purports to show a woman being turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol after a traffic stop by the Tucson Police Department. I've put in a call to the TPD, but have yet to receive a call back. On its face, the video shows that what happ ... More >>
Ready, with what appears to be a U.S. Border Patrol vehicleThe latest round of photographs from neo-Nazi J.T. Ready's patrols in the Arizona desert shows the Mesa storm trooper getting chummy with the U.S. Border Patrol, even leaning on a Border Patrol vehicle at one point.There's a photo ... More >>
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www.photobucket.comBorder agents from the Casa Grande Station found a truck containing about 3,300 pounds of marijuana Monday morning near the checkpoint on Federal Route 15.According to Border Agent Colleen Agle, the weed was found when agents responded to suspected illegal activity in the ... More >>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection One of four busts made by Border Patrol agents last weekend. Those brown bundles can get ya high.While you may have been busy grilling burgers over Memorial Day weekend, Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona were on the prowl for weed coming across th ... More >>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Willie Nelson's wet dream. Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station seized more weed in the last three days than you could probably smoke in a lifetime.In the last 72 hours, agents seized 3,000 pounds of weed, in three separate incidents, near the U.S./ ... More >>
www.bongsbay.comU.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced yesterday that in the period between October 1, 2009, to April 31, of this year it's seized more than 622,000 pounds of weed. That was only in the Tucson sector. With Border Patrol agents seemingly waging war on weed -- inc ... More >>
www.pollsb.comU.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona have been pretty busy in their war-against-weed, nabbing more than 1,600 pounds of the icky in three separate busts last weekend.The first of the weekend's three big busts happened Friday afternoon when agents working at a checkpoint on Hig ... More >>
www.uppermichiganssource.comU.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a furniture truck at the Arizona/ Mexico border and, as luck should have it, the rig was hauling more than just furniture.Officers found about 330 pounds of weed stashed in a mattress in the back of the truck as ... More >>
A new U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint opened near Tubac yesterday. The $1.5 million interim checkpoint along Interstate 19 is supposed to help catch illegal immigrants and drug runners, but residents in the Santa Cruz Valley say it will hurt businesses and endanger neighborhoods...A former Rhodes J ... More >>
U.S. Border PatrolOne of several horses border agents say were used to bring more than 900 pounds of pot over the borderU.S. Border Patrol Agents made two substantial drug busts this week resulting in the seizure of about 2,400 pounds of weed, 971 of which were being moved on horseback.On Sunday ... More >>
Pot is one hot commodity this year -- at least, judging by the insanely large loads the U.S. Border Patrol have seized this summer. During the month of July alone, Tucson seized more than 100,000 pounds of pot -- bringing the total poundage to 1,065,325 this year. That's well above the 722,0 ... More >>
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A California man tried to drive through the international border at Naco last week with about 13 pounds of liquid meth in his pickup's windshield washer reservoir. The find is part of an ongoing trend in the world of illegal drugs to package methamphetamine in ways that make smuggling easier and gi ... More >>
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