Texas Border Weekly Roundup: CBP seize over $26.4m in drugs, $14.7m counterfeit goods, apprehended over 460

David LeDoux

EDITORIAL NOTE
We understand that a certain segment of the population finds the phrase “illegal alien” offensive. The U.S. Court System uses this term because the Supreme Court uses it in its latest pronouncement pertaining to this area of the law. See Arizona v. U.S., 132 S. Ct. 2492 (2012). EXAMPLE: Federal immigration laws, such as 8 U.S.C. §1365, which deals with a reimbursement program the federal government has for states that are incarcerating illegal aliens, uses the term “illegal aliens” in its title and within the statute itself. An illegal alien is defined as anyone “who is in the United States unlawfully.

TEXAS – Below, you will find the latest information available for reported drug smuggling, human smuggling and trafficking, and illegal crossings over the Texas border and ports over the past week.

Most news outlets report snippets of the issues that happen on our southern border and only when it fits within their political ideology, all the while downplaying, exaggerating, misleading, and inconsistent information about our southern border activity.

Our border issues are complex, and they affect all Texans and Americans.

Texas is our home. To most Texans, the border isn’t a political issue or a tool to use against another political party; this is a safety and security issue for our children, families, friends, and local and national law enforcement.

To better comprehend the complex issues of drug smuggling, human and sex trafficking of children and adults, unaccompanied children, and illegal immigrant crossings, including child molesters, convicted criminals, murderers, gang members, where they come from, we need real numbers, facts, and statistics.

The information we provide ONLY encompasses the Texas and Mexico border.

This information has been gathered and compiled directly from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information, which is under the purview of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

As for the accuracy of the information below, we can only decipher and report the information released. Therefore, the number of incidents, arrests, types of narcotics, weight, or the street value of said narcotics is considered the minimum amount.

As you read, we hope the information provided will help all Texans and Americans better understand the complexity of our current immigration laws and policies created by our D.C. lawmakers.

All people apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure their criminal histories are positively identified.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 1-800-863-9382 or contacting their website at http://www.cbp.gov.

 

JUST THE FACTS

TEXAS BORDER APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES

APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES
(*Excluding narcotics. For narcotics, see table below)
TOTAL
TOTAL ARRESTS/APPREHENSIONS 461 – ADULTS
5 – U.S. CITIZENS

SEX OFFENDERS (Previously Convicted or outstanding warrant) 3- SEX CRIMES AGAINST CHILD(REN)
SEIZURE(S)
3- TRACTOR TRAILER(S)
14- PASSENGER VEHICLE(S)
1- COUNTERFEIT ELECTRONICS DEVICES, TOYS, AND FURNITURE $14.7
COUNTRIES OF APPREHENSIONS
(Home countries of those apprehended/arrested) (USC: United States Citizen)
ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, ROMANIA & UNITED STATES
*PLEASE NOTE: It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000 over the border. However, it is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to conceal it with intent to evade reporting requirements. Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest. An individual may petition for the return of the money seized by CBP officers, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency were legitimate.

 

APPREHENSIONS WITH PREVIOUS U.S. CONVICTIONS

 

SENTENCED TO…

HOME COUNTRY & NAME CONVICTION(S) OR ALLEGED
CRIME(S) COMMITTED
LOCATION OF CRIME SENTENCE OR OUTSTANDING WARRANT
MEXICAN NATIONAL

VICTOR TULA LEAL, 38


CONVICTION OF……
REGISTERED SEXUAL OFFENDER AND HAS A CONVICTION FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT – 2ND DEGREE FELONY. *LEAL HAS A PRIOR REMOVAL FROM THE UNITED STATES.

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

SENTENCED TO…
SIX YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT.


MEXICAN NATIONAL
ROMAN GONZALEZ-FLORES, 49

CONVICTION OF…
CONVICTED OF THIRD-DEGREE RAPE.  *GONZALEZ-FLORES WAS MOST RECENTLY REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES IN 2021.
KENTUCKY

SENTENCED TO…
TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT

GUATEMALAN NATIONAL

OUTSTANDING WARRANT…
PRIOR ARREST AND CONVICTION FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A MINOR, AND A PREVIOUS REMOVAL FROM THE UNITED STATES.
NOT REPORTED

NOT REPORTED

 

*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection

 

WEEKLY NARCOTIC SEIZURES
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TYPE OF NARCOTIC WEIGHT STREET VALUE
MARIJUANA 2,195 lbs. $1,762,000
METHAMPHETAMINE 1234.58 lbs. $24,691,520
TOTAL 3,429.58 lbs. $26,453,520
*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, The totals below are an estimate of what was reported by Customs and Border Protection in pounds and street prices. Street prices are determined by the purity and quality of the specific drug seized.
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WHERE WE GET OUR INFORMATION

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Del Rio Sector Agents Rescue Four From Confined Space Smuggling Attempt
Friday, March 5, 2021  |  EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector’s Eagle Pass South Station successfully ended a dangerous smuggling attempt, March…

Laredo Sector Marine Unit Stops Multiple Illegal Entries
Friday, March 5, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Sector Border Patrol Marine Unit prevented the illegal entry of multiple individuals as they were swimming…

CBP Officers at the World Trade Bridge Seize Narcotics Worth Over $24 Million
Thursday, March 4, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized methamphetamine that…

Laredo Sector Horse Patrol Unit Apprehends 125 Illegal Aliens
Thursday, March 4, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Sector Border Patrol Horse Patrol Unit (HPU) apprehended 125 illegal aliens throughout the Laredo Sector…

Border Patrol Agents Apprehended a Group of 105 Illegal Aliens in the Rio Grande Valley
Thursday, March 4, 2021  |  HAVANA, Texas – On Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 105 illegal aliens in Havana, Texas…

Victor Tula Leal, 38

Rio Grande Valley Agents Arrest a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Two Convicted Sex Offenders
Thursday, March 4, 2021  |  EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a MS-13 gang member, and two convicted sexual offenders in the Rio Grande Valley…

CBP Electronics, Machinery Centers, HSI BEST Task Force Seize $14.7 Million in Counterfeit Electronics at World Trade Bridge
Thursday, March 4, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Electronics and Machinery Centers of Excellence and Expertise and Homeland Security…

Van Horn Agents Make Large Apprehensions
Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  MARFA, Texas – The number of apprehensions continues to climb throughout Big Bend Sector.  Yesterday, agents apprehended large…

Law Enforcement Agencies Work Together to Stop Dangerous Human Smuggling Attempt
Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to Cotulla Station requested assistance from the Texas Department of Public…

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Shuts Down Stash House with Joint Law Enforcement Cooperation
Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol and Webb County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) shut down a stash house in east Laredo…

Laredo Sector Apprehends Over 30 Individuals in Separate Human Smuggling Events
Tuesday, March 2, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas –Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Cotulla Station while working with local law enforcement, foiled six…

RGV Border Patrol Agents Seize Over $800K Worth of Marijuana
Tuesday, March 2, 2021  |  EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 1000 pounds of marijuana in a 24-hour period…

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Rapist
Tuesday, March 2, 2021  |  DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector arrested a convicted rapist, Feb. 27. “Our agents arrested two more sex…

Del Rio Sector Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Continue to Prove Effective
Tuesday, March 2, 2021  |  DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have detected more than 3,000 individuals with the assistance…

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Recover Stolen Vehicles To Include a Cloned Vehicle
Monday, March 1, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents recovered three vehicles used for human smuggling while working their assigned…

Border Patrol Agents Seize Over 900 Pounds of Marijuana in the RGV
Monday, March 1, 2021  |  RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – On Sunday, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents seized more than $770K worth of marijuana. Yesterday afternoon…

CBP Warns of Telephone Scam
Monday, March 1, 2021  |  WASHINGTON — A new type of telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain their banking information. U.S. Customs and Border…

Law Enforcement Agencies Working with Laredo Sector Border Patrol Apprehend nearly 4 Dozen Individuals in Separate Incidents
Monday, March 1, 2021  |  LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents, working with local law enforcement agencies, apprehended almost 4 dozen individuals…

 

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