Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Customs And Border Protection Activities Over The Memorial Day Weekend..Tucson Sector
Joint Field Command Statistics – Over the holiday weekend in Arizona
(Narcotics weights are measured in pounds)
Marijuana seized 13,150>
Cocaine seized 151
Methamphetamines seized 22
Heroin seized 3
Weapons seized 5
Outbound currency seized $14,182
Individuals presented in federal court for prosecution* 177
Individuals prosecuted under Operation Streamline* 88
Individuals prosecuted on federal drug charges* 4
*These numbers only represent those apprehended by Border Patrol and presented for prosecution.
On May 28, a 40-year-old Mexican male, his 36-year-old Mexican female wife and their two children attempted to enter the United States through a Dennis DeConcini Port vehicle lane and were referred for a secondary inspection. Subsequently, CBP officers observed discrepancies in the roof of the vehicle followed by a narcotics detection canine alert. Further investigation led to the discovery of 52 packages of cocaine concealed in a non-factory compartment. The narcotics weighed more than 123 pounds with an estimated value of $1,119,300. The subject was taken into custody and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. The wife was processed for immigration violations and returned back to Mexico along with the children.
On May 28, a 29-year-old United States citizen male attempted to enter the United States through a San Luis Port vehicle lane and was referred for a secondary inspection. Subsequently, a narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle. Further inspection led to the discovery of 20 packages of methamphetamines. The narcotics weighed more than 22 pounds with an estimated value of $341,000. The subject was taken into custody and turned over to ICE HSI for further investigation.
On May 30, a 38-year-old Mexican male attempted to enter the United States through the Douglas Port pedestrian processing area. The subject was referred for a secondary inspection after CBP officers observed he did not resemble the photo on the border crossing card he presented. During further questioning, the man admitted the card did not belong to him. A records check revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and prior removals from the United States for illegal entry. The man was taken into custody and will be processed for prosecution.
On May 30, a 28-year-old Mexican male attempted to enter the United States through the Dennis DeConcini Port pedestrian processing area. The subject was referred for a secondary inspection after a CBP officer suspected the subject might be an imposter based on the border crossing card he presented. During further questioning, the man admitted the card did not belong to him and he had purchased it from an unknown vendor in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The man was taken into custody and processed for immigration violations.
On May 27, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station were patrolling near Dateland, Ariz., when they detected the footprints of three subjects. Further investigation led agents to believe they had possibly been driven to a home in Dateland, where all three subjects were discovered hiding in nearby bushes. During questioning, the subjects admitted to being illegally present in the United States. Further search of the area yielded five makeshift backpacks containing more than 241 pounds of marijuana. The subjects and marijuana, with an estimated value of $120,738, were taken into custody and turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.
On May 27, a Willcox Station Border Patrol canine team working at the State Route 90 (SR90) Checkpoint alerted to a vehicle and referred it for a secondary inspection. Subsequently, Border Patrol agents discovered an illegal alien hiding in the trunk and took the subject into custody. In addition, the driver was arrested and is being held for prosecution.
On May 27, a Willcox Station Border Patrol canine team working at the SR90 Checkpoint alerted to a vehicle and it was referred for a secondary inspection. Subsequently, Border Patrol agents discovered a passenger carrying a loaded firearm. The passenger admitted to being a convicted felon barred from legally possessing firearms. In addition, a records check revealed that the passenger had an extraditable warrant out of Gila County, Ariz. During further inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered another firearm in a bag along with drug paraphernalia. The passenger, weapons and drug paraphernalia were turned over to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
On May 28, Nogales Station Border Patrol agents working traffic operations near the Interstate 19 Checkpoint attempted to stop a vehicle trying to circumvent the checkpoint. The vehicle evaded agents and was later located abandoned in the desert. It was loaded with 366 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $183,000. The vehicle and marijuana bundles were transported to the Nogales Station for processing.
On May 28, Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents apprehended an illegal alien from Guerrero, Mexico. The subject was identified through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System as a convicted sex offender for a Lewd or Lascivious Act with a Child Under 14. The subject is being prosecuted for Re-Entry of an Aggravated Felon.
On May 29, Ajo Station Border Patrol agents using surveillance technology detected a vehicle traveling off-road with its headlights turned off near Papago Farms, Ariz. Agents responded to the area and discovered an abandoned vehicle loaded with 83 bundles of marijuana. The narcotics weighed approximately 1,773 pounds with an estimated value of $886,500. An immediate search of the area resulted in the apprehension of two illegal aliens. The two subjects, vehicle and marijuana were transported to Ajo Station for further processing.
On May 30, Ajo Border Patrol agents discovered 24 abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 1,107 pounds approximately six miles north of the border. The marijuana will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. (Photo available)
On May 30, Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents working at the Federal Route 15 Checkpoint detected possible foot tracks attempting to circumvent the checkpoint. Agents tracked the footprints traveling northbound and subsequently apprehended two subjects and seized a handgun and three backpacks containing 142 pounds of marijuana.
On May 30, Casa Grande agents arrested an illegal alien who was previously featured on an episode of America’s Most Wanted. Feliciano Diaz, a 25-year-old Mexican male from Chiapas, Mexico, was arrested for being in the United States illegally. During processing, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed an active warrant for his arrest in Des Moines for Vehicular Homicide, Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution and other related charges stemming from a hit and run accident on Sept. 26, 2008, that left a horseback trail guide and his horse dead. Extradition arrangements are currently being made.
In February, CBP announced the Arizona Joint Field Command (JFC)—an organizational realignment that brings together Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure to integrate CBP’s border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) promotes homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration. ICE and CBP collaborate in investigations regarding criminal organizations with a nexus to the border.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Obama administration has engaged in an unprecedented effort to bring focus and intensity to Southwest border security, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws in the interior of our country.