NOTE: Corridor News has reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for additional information and were informed that protecting the border and the U.S. Citizens is their first priority. Therefore, we expect what information we receive will be minimal.
Below you will find the latest information available for reported drug smuggling, human trafficking and illegal crossings that have occurred on the Texas border and ports.
It has been published by many news outlets around the country that the criminal activity on our Texas-Mexico border has been consistently dropping over the last couple of years, and Americans and Texans have been given inconsistent information on what is occurring on our border.
Our U.S. border issues are complex, and they affect all Texans.
This is our home, and 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 us, our children, families, friends and our local and national law enforcement.
As you read below, we hope the information provided will help all Texans to better understand the problems happening on our southern border and what we need to do to repair our current immigration laws and policies that stem from our lawmakers in D.C.
However, to better understand if these are real problems or just political bloviation concerning our southern border with drug smuggling, human trafficking of children and adults, unaccompanied children and illegal immigrant crossings that include gang members and many from terrorist countries, we need the real numbers, facts and statistics.
Texas isn’t the only state that shares a border with Mexico. Therefore, as you read our weekly report below, remember this information is only what is occurring on the Texas-Mexico border and Texas ports.
This information has been gathered and compiled directly from information given to us by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is under the purview of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
As for the accuracy of the information we are providing to you, we can only decipher the information that is released to us. Therefore, the number of incidents, arrests, types of narcotics, weight or the street value of said narcotics is considered the minimum amount.
We give the totals of illegal crossing arrests, including their nationality, drug seizures including weight and “street value” totals, current charges or convictions of those apprehended and other items to help all of us make educated decisions. Additionally, we include links to our other weekly border stories.
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 to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
Read related border coverage:
- Feb 28, 2019: Texas Border: CBP Seize $12M In Drugs, Arrest MS-13 Gang Member, Child Sex Offender & Rescues Woman In Labor
- Feb. 21, 2019: CBP Seize $54.6M In Drugs, 31 Automatic Handguns And Arrest Three Gang Members On The Texas Border
- Feb. 7, 2019: TX Border: During Shutdown CBP Air Security Operations-Corpus Christi Stopped 11,000 Pounds Of Cocaine Worth $140.6M
NOTE: The totals below for arrests, apprehensions, seizures, drugs, etc. are ONLY what is reported by Customs & Border Protection to us. There are multiple incidents that happen everyday on all U.S. borders that aren’t reported. Corridor News is not responsible for what is NOT reported or incorrectly reported.
• Feb. 27 – March 6, 2019 •
Texas Border Reported Arrests/Apprehensions
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Reported Arrests/Apprehensions from the following counties;
• Arrests/Apprehensions: 7,737+ (“+”: see note below)
Of those above there were…
• U.S. Citizen(s): 3
• Child Sex Offender: 10
• Gang Member(s): MS-13 – 2 (1- Salvadoran National with prior immigration deportation)
• Rescue(s): 8 (with help from Texas Parks and Wildlife)
• Fatality(ies): 0
° Commercial Vehicle(s): 1
° Passenger Vehicle(s) Seized: 2
° Commercial Shipment of Fresh Tomatoes
• Arrests with Prior Criminal Conviction(s) or Active Criminal Warrant(s)
NOTE: There are multiple incidents involving criminals from Central America, United States and most all other countries that happen daily on all U.S. borders. However, the totals below include ONLY what is has reported by U.S. Customs & Border Protection and ONLY along the Texas border. Corridor News is not responsible for what is NOT reported or incorrectly reported.
• Outstanding Warrant(s): 2
• Prior Criminal Conviction(s): 10
- Active Warrant: Ecuadoran national– Outstanding warrant for a 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct in Anoka, Minnesota County;
- Active Warrant: U.S. citizen- A 28-year-old U.S. citizen, self-proclaimed prison gang member, was found to have an outstanding federal warrant for escape.
- Prior Conviction: Salvadoran national- Criminal history include resisting arrest and criminal possession of weapon with intent to use. Additionally, his record checks revealed a prior immigration deportation;
- Prior Conviction: Mexican national- Convictions for aggravated assault against a household member (fourth degree felony), battery against a household member, battery upon a peace officer, inflicting corporal punishment on spouse, possession of a controlled narcotic. Had been a permanent resident in the United States but was deported due to his convictions;
- Prior Conviction: Guatemalan national- Sex offense-against child-fondling in the state of Florida. The man received 52 months and 19 days confinement;
- Prior Conviction: Mexican national- Child molestation and battery/domestic violence in Indianapolis, Indiana;
- Prior Conviction: Central American- Sexual assault of a child and served time in jail before being deported from the United States;
- Prior Conviction: Mexican national- Indecent liberties with child in Sanford, North Carolina. Presiding judge sentenced him to 16-20 months confinement;
- Prior Conviction: Mexican national- Aggravated sexual assault in Pharr, Texas. The man received 10 years probation;
- Prior Conviction: Mexican national- Sexual assault of a child in Hidalgo County, Texas;
- Prior Conviction: U.S. citizen- Aggravated sexual assault of a child, unlawful carrying of a firearm, burglary and evading arrest in Houston, Texas;
- Prior Conviction: Central American- Sexual assault of a child and served time in jail before being deported from the United States.
*Note: “+”; U.S. Customs and Border Patrol did not list specific totals and/or countries on some reported incidents.
Texas Border Weekly Narcotic Seizures & Estimated Street Price
*NOTE: The totals below are an estimate of what was reported to us. U.S. dollar and pounds used.
° 2,794 lbs.
° $2,263,140 Million
° 111 lbs.
° $857,500 Million
° 120 lbs.
° $3,118,920 Million
° 4 lbs.
• Total Weight of Narcotics: 3,029(*+) lbs.
• Estimated Street Value of Narcotics: $6,945,748 Million(*+)
Rio Grande Valley Sector Apprehends Nearly 7,000 Illegal Aliens in One Week
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector continues to apprehend large numbers of illegal aliens, averaging nearly 1000 per day.
More Than 700 Taken Into Custody by El Paso Border Patrol Agents Overnight; Two Previously Removed Sex Offenders Also Nabbed During Influx
EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in El Paso apprehended several large groups between last night and late afternoon Wednesday.
These groups, like many others before, are comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles.
Agents apprehended a group of 112 illegal aliens at the border wall near downtown just after midnight.
At about the same time agents working further east were processing a group of 252 aliens apprehended at the border just west of Bowie High School.
Throughout the morning hours several smaller groups also arrived at multiple locations along the border in the El Paso metropolitan area. In just a few hours the total number taken into custody exceeded 500.
An unaccompanied 2-year-old child was also found among one of the groups. The U. S. Border Patrol is currently working with international and domestic agencies in order to locate the parent(s).
While dealing with this influx of illegal aliens Border Patrol Agents also arrested two convicted sex offenders attempting to enter illegally while the agents were preoccupied with the large groups.
Both sex offenders were arrested in different groups attempting to enter the United States illegally evading Border Patrol agents. Both subjects had been convicted of their sex offenses and had served time in jail before being deported from the United States.
Agents in far-east El Paso County also arrested a group of six in which a subject, 28-year-old U.S. citizen, self-proclaimed prison gang member, was found to have an outstanding federal warrant for escape.
In addition, the subject has a lengthy criminal record. The subject was remanded to the custody to the U.S. Marshals Service. The other five aliens are currently being processed accordingly.
Criminal organizations continue to attempt to distract and occupy Border Patrol agents however their continued vigilance and experience is stopping these attempts.
Tuesday CBP released data detailing the record number of apprehensions of inadmissible family units border wide.
CBP Officers at South Texas Ports of Entry Post Significant Increases in Hard Narcotics Seized in FY 2018
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at eight South Texas ports of entry seized a significant amount of narcotics, unreported currency, weapons and uncovered numerous immigration violations during Fiscal Year 2018. (Fiscal Year 2018 began October 1, 2017 and ended Sept. 30, 2018)
Rio Grande Valley Agents Seize over $600K worth of Marijuana
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted multiple smuggling attempts that resulted in the seizure of nearly 800 pounds of narcotics.
Criminals Continue to be Apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested three sex offenders and a member of a notorious gang.
CBP Officers Intercept $857K in Cocaine in Seizure at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers maintained strict vigilance this weekend and seized more than $857,000 in cocaine in a single enforcement action at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.
“Securing the cargo environment is a critical mission for CBP and this weekend’s significant cocaine seizure underscores the need for our officers to stay ever-vigilant and aware of the narcotics threat while facilitating lawful
commerce,” said Port Director
Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Friday, March 1 at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2004 Freight liner tractor hauling a shipment of tomatoes for a secondary examination.
Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered 44 packages containing a total 111 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the conveyance. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $857,500.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
CBP Officers Seize Hard Narcotics Worth Over $2 Million at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted a noteworthy amount of hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $2 million in one enforcement action over the weekend.
Riverine Border Patrol Agents Rescue Two Families in the Rio Grande Valley
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents rescue four illegal aliens attempting to cross the dangerous waters of the Rio Grande.
Border Patrol Agents Provide Rescue Assistance
LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Laredo South and Zapata Station provided rescue assistance in two separate events.
Border Patrol Seizes over $1.5M worth of Marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted multiple smuggling attempts that resulted in the seizure of over 1,900 pounds of narcotics.
Border Patrol Captures Criminals in the Rio Grande Valley
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested three illegal aliens with extensive criminal histories in separate incidents.
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Arrest Two Violent Criminals
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested two illegal aliens with extensive criminal histories in two separate incidents.
On Monday, Rio Grande City agents working near Roma, Texas, arrested a Salvadoran man after he entered the United States illegally.
Record checks revealed he is a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member with an extensive criminal history in the state of New York to include resisting arrest and criminal possession of weapon with intent to use. Additionally, his record checks revealed a prior immigration deportation.
On Thursday, agents working near Weslaco, Texas, arrested an Ecuadoran man whose record checks revealed an arrest and an outstanding warrant from the Anoka, Minnesota County Sheriff’s Office for 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.
CBP Announces 13 Additional Partnerships for New and Expanded Services
As part of the Reimbursable Services Program, these agreements will promote economic growth in cross-border trade and travel
WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today 13 tentative selections for new reimbursable services agreements through Section 481 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002 to promote economic growth in cross-border trade and travel across the country.
These public-private partnerships in California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; and Texas will allow approved private sector and state and local government entities to reimburse CBP for expanded services for incoming commercial and cargo traffic and international traveler arrivals.
“By creating partnerships, we can pursue innovative, joint solutions that allow CBP to keep pace with the continued increases in trade and travel year after year,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “With our public-private partners, we are able to keep advancing America’s economic growth, locally and nationally, wherever our partners see a return on their investment.”
Since the program began in 2013, CBP has expanded the Reimbursable Services Program to 177 stakeholders, providing over 605,000 additional processing hours at the request of our partners—accounting for the processing of more than 11.9 million travelers and over 1.6 million personal and commercial vehicles.
The new agreements increase CBP’s ability to provide new or enhanced services on a reimbursable basis by creating partnerships with private sector and government entities. Reimbursable services under this authority include customs, agricultural processing, border security services, immigration inspection, and support services at ports of entry.
The statute maintains several limitations at CBP-serviced airports, including reimbursable services being limited to overtime costs and support services for airports with 100,000 or greater arriving international passengers annually. Airports with less than 100,000 arriving international passengers annually may offset CBP for the salaries and expenses of not more than five full-time equivalent CBP officers. These agreements will not replace existing services.
The entities tentatively selected for these partnerships are:
In the air environment: