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#250 Aug 4, 2010
Pregnant teen tries to smuggle meth into Arizona


SAN LUIS, Ariz.(AP)- Agents at the San Luis port of entry in southwestern Arizona arrested a pregnant teenager after they found her trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say the 19-year-old woman tried to enter through the pedestrian crossing but was pulled aside for a search.

That's when officers found more than two pounds of meth strapped to the lower part of her stomach.

She was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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#251 Aug 4, 2010
Border Patrol agents seize 700 pounds of marijuana


NOGALES - Border Patrol agents seize more than 700 pounds of marijuana after watching a group of people running across Interstate 19.

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#252 Aug 5, 2010
Chaffeur Arrested with 4 illegal immigrants

Ronald Eric Pedgett was arrested by Border Patrol elements at the checkpoint on mile marker 29 and highway 35.

Thursday, August 05, 2010
By: Laredo Sun

LAREDO, Tx.- A South Carolina chaffeur was sent to jail on federal charges of human smuggling. Ronald Eric Pedgett was arrested by Border Patrol elements at the checkpoint on mile marker 29 and highway 35.

This person was driving a tractor trailer and while being interrogated by federal agents, he seemed very nervous and was sent to secondary.

The driver told authorities he was coming from Weslaco, Texas and was headed to Henderson, North Carolina.

When officials opened the trailer they found 4 persons underneath a matress and all of them declared being from Mexico.

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#253 Aug 5, 2010
140 pounds of pot found in 2 stops in San Luis

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working at the Port of Entry in San Luis have discovered nearly 140 pounds of marijuana hidden in two cars.

Officials says the first small compact car came through the port on Wednesday and agents chose it for additional inspection. They found that a hiding spot had been built into the dashboard that contained 37 packages of marijuana weighing 82 pounds. The 20-year-old woman driving the car was arrested.

About an hour later another compact car was pulled from entry lanes for additional inspection. Agents found 57 pounds of marijuana stashed throughout the car.

The 39-year-old male driver was arrested and turned over to another federal agency.

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#254 Aug 5, 2010
CBP stops 11 fugitives Monday

August 04, 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry along the California-Mexico border stopped 11 fugitives with outstanding warrants Monday, including two warrants for sex crimes involving children.

According to a CBP news release, a fugitive identified as Leonard Schweitzer, 37, of Yuma, entered the country at around 12:30 p.m. at the pedestrian entrance of the Andrade port of entry.

A CBP officer, according to the news release, while questioning Schweitzer determined that he had a no-bail federal felony warrant for child pornography issued by the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Schweitzer was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs agents.

Also, a fugitive identified as Gabriel Ayala Camacho, a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Tepic, Mexico, requested entry into the United States at around 3 p.m. at the pedestrian entrance of the Otay Mesa port of entry.

CBP officers determined the Camacho to be an impostor to the birth certificate and passport application receipt he provided and the fingerprints he was trying to use to confirm his identity.

Records revealed the man had an outstanding warrant for sex exploitation with a child issued by Snohomish County Sheriffs' Office in Washington State. CBP turned the man over to San Diego Sheriffs' Office.

There were other warrant arrests including nine at the San Ysidro port of entry for larceny, stolen property, dangerous drugs, and probation violations.

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#255 Aug 6, 2010
1,024 pounds of marijuana discovered in abandoned truck .

Fri, 08/06/2010
By Derek Jordan

SIERRA VISTA — More than $800,000 worth of marijuana was discovered in an abandoned truck outside Douglas on Wednesday.

The pot was found inside a Ford F-series pickup by U.S. Border Patrol agents about 30 miles east of the Douglas port of entry at about 7 p.m.

A total of 49 bundles were recovered, weighing 1,024 pounds and valued at an estimated $819,680.

The truck, which had Mexican plates, had not been reported stolen, said Agent Eric Cantu, spokesperson for the U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector.

The pickup was found abandoned in a wash and had extensive damage, the patrol said.

“It appeared that the vehicle had been driven over rough terrain for a long period of time,” Cantu said.

The rubber on all four tires was destroyed.

The marijuana and pickup were taken to the Border Patrol’s Douglas station for processing.

According to the Border Patrol, since October, the Tucson Sector has seized more than 867,500 pounds of drugs, valued at more than $694 million.

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#256 Aug 6, 2010
Former CBP Officer Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Illegal Immigrants

BROWNSVILLE - A former Customs and Border Protection Officer has pleaded guilty to smuggling illegal immigrants and bribery.

Prosecutors say Rudy Trace Soliz III allowed a woman to pass through his inspection lane at the B&M international bridge with illegal immigrants, in exchange for sexual favors.

Soliz pleaded guilty just before the start of his trial Wednesday afternoon. His sentencing is scheduled for November.

Conviction for transporting illegal immigrants carries a maximum
punishment of 10 years in prison. The bribery conviction is punishable by a maximum 15-year prison term.

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#257 Aug 7, 2010
Just under a ton of pot seized in 2 incidents.


TUCSON — U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents Thursday. The drugs have an estimated value exceeding $1.3 million.

In the first incident, agents assigned to the Ajo station responded to a report of possible drug smugglers near Luke-ville. A Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter from the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector and a Yuma Sector all-terrain vehicle unit also responded to assist. When agents arrived, they located 15 abandoned backpacks of marijuana weighing nearly 960 pounds.

Later, a Nogales station canine team conducting checkpoint operations on Interstate 19 indicated an issue with a semi-truck with a flatbed trailer. In a secondary inspection, agents discovered a hidden compartment containing more than 750 pounds of marijuana. The vehicle, driver, a passenger, and the marijuana were transported to the Nogales station for further processing.

From Oct. 1 to July 31, agents in the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol seized more than 867,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value exceeding $694 million. The integrated efforts of Customs and Border Protection components allow for a rapid response, agency officials said.

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#258 Aug 7, 2010
CBP Officers Discover Almost 55 Pounds of Cocaine

BROWNSVILLE - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered cocaine valued at approximately $1,744,000 hidden within a BMW Mini Cooper.

It happened at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge Thursday. The vehicle's driver was identified as a 26-year-old male, Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros.

At secondary, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the gray 2002 BMW Mini Cooper. They removed a total of 22 packages of cocaine from the BMW. They weighed a total of 54.5 pounds.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for further investigation.

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#260 Aug 10, 2010
$3M worth of cocaine seized at border.


SAN LUIS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis Port of Entry continue to maintain vigilance and stop dangerous drugs from entering the country.

Most recently, the officers stopped two cocaine smuggling attempts worth more than $3 million in one night.

Last Wednesday, at approximately 10:30 p.m., while CBP officers were processing travelers entering the U.S., a 35-year-old man applied for entry driving a pickup.

The man was referred to secondary inspection and was subsequently found to have 15 packages of cocaine in a spare tire with an approximate weight of more than 40 pounds.

The cocaine had an estimated value of $1,840,000.

A second cocaine seizure occurred on Thursday, at approximately 2:30 a.m. when a 42-year-old Blythe resident attempted to smuggle more than 29 pounds.

The woman was referred to the secondary lot for further inspection by a CBP officer. During the search, 38 packages of cocaine were found within the dashboard area of the vehicle she was driving. The cocaine had an estimated value of $1,320,000.

“Keeping dangerous drugs off the streets by making seizures as significant as these contributes to the overall safety of our communities,” said Port Director William Brooks.“Our commitment to stemming the flow of narcotics through our ports of entry will not waiver.”

The two individuals were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Following is a rundown of activities that occurred over the weekend within the Tucson Sector. This is only a thumbnail of each incident and an invitation to contact the Tucson Sector Communications Division for more information.

• Agents from the Nogales station arrested an illegal alien Friday and used a fingerprint database to identify the subject. Fingerprints determined that the man was a convicted sex offender. He was held for prosecution.

• Agents from the Naco station arrested a juvenile illegal alien Monday identified through fingerprints as a Tiny Locos Sureno gang member. The subject was held for further processing.

• Criminal aliens, such as sex offenders and gang members, are among the individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally. Fingerprint technology helps the Border Patrol quickly identify aliens previously arrested by other law enforcement agencies so agents can bring these individuals to an appropriate law enforcement resolution.

A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt.

An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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#261 Aug 10, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz.(AP)— Border Patrol agents are reporting two major marijuana busts in separate incidents over the weekend.

Agents assigned to a station in Casa Grande, about 50 miles south of Phoenix, were operating a mobile surveillance system when they spotted suspected pot smugglers on Sunday.

They tracked them down and took 10 illegal immigrants into custody. The group was carrying several backpacks filled with marijuana weighing a total of 500 pounds.

Later that day, agents began tracking the footprints of a group of suspected illegal immigrants, which led them two 12 abandoned backpacks filled with pot and weighing more than 600 pounds.

Combined, the marijuana seized has an estimated worth of $886,000.

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#262 Aug 11, 2010
Laredo couple arrested for transporting illegal immigrants

local couple was arrested by federal agents because they were apparently transporting a man and a woman from Ecuador, and were taking them all the way to San Antonio, Texas.

August 11, 2010
By: Laredo Sun

LAREDO, Tx.- A local couple was arrested by federal agents because they were apparently transporting a man and a woman from Ecuador, and were taking them all the way to San Antonio, Texas.

According to the authority’s report, the detention took place at the immigration checkpoint, located on mile 29 of Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo.

The couple was driving an Elantra car, and had another couple accompanying them on the back seat of the car. When immigration agents began to ask them questions, the woman on the backseat seemed very nervous and the driver mentioned she was his niece and he was taking her to San Antonio.

The federal officials decided to send them all to secondary revision and it was until them that they discovered that the two passengers on the backseat were illegal immigrants from Ecuador.

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#263 Aug 11, 2010
Border Patrol Agent Awarded Highest Honor

by: Polo Sandoval

MCALLEN - A Border Patrol Agent injured when he was run over by a group of accused smuggler is returning to duty.

Anthony Gutierrez' three-year-old son holds his father's new award, the Border Patrol's Purple Cross. It is the highest honor for agents. Today Guiterrez was honored for his heroism on the field.

Gutierrez stood with his family by his side knowing how close he came to never seeing them again.

On August 19th, 2009 Gutierrez was patrolling the levee south of Peñitas.

"We were just working as we usually do when we spotted some activity with our night vision down by the river," he said.

The agent saw two suspicious persons speeding towards Gutierrez on an ATV. They had their lights off and their brake lights had been disconnected.

The suspect ran him over and his leg was broken.

"I just remember flipping in the air a couple of times, like slow-motion. I could see the stars laying face first. It was just real fast," Gutierrez recalled.

That night Gutierrez' fought the battle of his life. He wanted to come home, he wanted to live to live to see his youngest son born.

"In that instant the only thing on my mind was I want to get back to see my family. I want to live and breathe another day. I wanted to see another sunrise..a sunset and I was going to do everything in my power to make that happen," he said.

Gutierrez won that fight to survive. He can stand by his wife and be a father for his boys.

"El es mi vida yo lo amo." Gutierrez' wife says her husband is her life.

It's a family's love this agent will take to the field everyday.

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#264 Aug 11, 2010
thanks for all of the info, Madison.

You are a leader...we are grateful in PA...the drugs are unbelievable here...the murders and addictions atrocious.


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#265 Aug 11, 2010
It's that way all across the USA. Madison does a great job keeping us informed. I add my thanks for that Madison.

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#266 Aug 11, 2010
220 lb. pot bust near Douglas

Posted - 8/11/2010

DOUGLAS - The Douglas Police Department and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, assisted U.S. Border Patrol agents Tuesday with the seizure of 220 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $176,000.

A concerned citizen reported seeing three individuals loading a vehicle with suspicious bundles.

A CBP Officer of Air and Marine aircraft assisted in locating the vehicle and directed Border Patrol agents on the ground to its location.

When the suspect vehicle fled, deputies from CCSO deployed a controlled tire deflation device brining the suspect car to a safe stop. DPD officers also arrived on scene and assisted with the arrest of the driver and passenger.

Inside the vehicle agents found three bundles of marijuana. The vehicle, marijuana and occupants were taken to the Douglas Border Patrol station for processing.

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#267 Aug 12, 2010
Border Busts Turn Up Some Bizarre Finds
Drug and human smugglers are known for their crafty ways to sneak their cargo into America.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have found stowaways, drugs, guns -- you name it -- in the strangest of places. Here's a look at some of the most outrageous.

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#268 Aug 13, 2010
Border Patrol busts and rescues.


Agents seize contraband totaling $1.2 million

Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector conducted three separate seizures Wednesday involving marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine. The drugs have an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.

A canine team working the Interstate 19 checkpoint alerted to a vehicle in the primary inspection area. Agents referred the vehicle to the secondary area and used a nonintrusive inspection system to detect 25 bundles of marijuana hidden under roofing material, the patrol said. The marijuana — weighing more than 500 pounds with an estimated value of $427,000 — vehicle and driver were taken to the Border Patrol’s Nogales station for processing.

Within an hour, agents at the I-19 checkpoint referred a shuttle van to the secondary inspection area. There, agents found a bag in the van containing two baseball-size bundles of methamphetamine valued at more than $75,000. Also in the bag, agents found two bricks of cocaine weighing more than 5 pounds with an estimated value close to $165,000. The drugs and owner of the bag were taken to the Nogales station for processing.

On the same day, agents from the Casa Grande station seized 13 bundles of marijuana after an agent made contact with a group he was tracking. The subjects immediately fled, dropping the marijuana bundles throughout the area. A canine unit was brought in to locate all of the marijuana, which had a combined weight of close to 700 pounds and an estimated value of more than $500,000. The bundles were taken to the Border Patrol’s Casa Grande station for processing.

Border Patrol assists sheriff’s office with group rescue

Border Patrol search, trauma and rescue agents assigned to the Tucson Sector assisted the Pima County Sheriff’s Office with Wednesday’s rescue of students in the Seven Falls area of Sabino Canyon in the Santa Catalinas.

The search and rescue team was contacted to extract two hikers from a local school who were participating in a school field trip. Deputies requested assistance due to number of people in the group.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter was able to extract the two students. Border Patrol agents escorted the remaining hikers to the trailhead on foot. The agents used a litter to carry one student who could no longer walk. During the hike, agents treated three additional students who began to show signs of dehydration. By about 6:50 p.m., every student had been brought out safely to awaiting emergency medical services.

“We have always had great cooperation with our state, local federal and tribal law enforcement partners,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent George Allen.

Border Patrol search, trauma and rescue agents are highly trained to perform search and rescue operations and assist in a variety of emergency situations. Additionally, the Border Patrol has more than 200 agents trained as emergency medical technicians, and most agents are trained as first responders. The Tucson Sector has conducted 546 rescues this fiscal year to date.

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#269 Aug 15, 2010
Cocaine seized on Laredo bridge

Customs and Border Patrol Inspectors intercepted a cargo of cocaine on the World Trade Bridge.

August 15, 2010
By: Francisco Díaz

LAREDO, Tx.- Customs and Border Patrol Inspectors intercepted a cargo of cocaine on the World Trade Bridge.

According to reports from federal spokeswoman, Margarita Rodríguez, a woman arrived on the Juarez-Lincoln international bridge in a vehicle.

The woman declared she was an American citizen but she seemed nervous so officials sent her to secondary. Customs agents then found a hidden plastic package containing 2.5 pounds of cocaine with a street value of 81,129 dollars.

Authorities arrested the woman and turned her over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to continue with investigations.

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#270 Aug 16, 2010
U.S. Border Patrol catches car smuggling marijuana in Yuma; passenger flees

by Laurie Merrill
Aug. 15, 2010
The Arizona Republic

Yuma police on Sunday said they were still looking for the passenger of a car filled with nearly 500 pounds of marijuana that fled from the U.S. Border Patrol and smashed into an apartment.

Two adults and two children were uninjured when the car crashed into the apartment in the 2300 block of South Arizona Avenue, police said.

The driver and passenger took off on foot, police said. The passenger has not yet been located, but the driver was found hiding in a yard of a residence in the 2300 block of South Walnut Avenue, police said.

The incident began about 6 p.m. when border patrol agents spotted people loading bundles into a white Jeep Cherokee SUV near County Ninth Street and the Colorado River.

The Jeep fled when the border-patrol unit attempted a traffic stop near County Ninth and Avenue D, police said. Due to the high speed of the Jeep, the border patrol shut down lights and sirens at about 16th Street and Avenue A.

The driver was identified as Hector Nunez, 17, and was booked into Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center on charges ranging from felony flight to possession of marijuana, police said.

Bundles of marijuana weighing about 476 pounds were found in the car, police said.

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