Weekly Texas Border Report: CBP Seize A Spider Monkey, $7M In Drugs, Arrest Convicted Murderer, Sex Offenders, Iranian Nationals

Staff Report

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 trafficking of children and adults, unaccompanied children, and illegal immigrant crossings that include child molesters, convicted criminals and murderers, gang members, and many from terrorist countries, we need the 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 information 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 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 below, 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 to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 1-800-863-9382 or contact their website at http://www.cbp.gov.

• JUNE 20 – JUNE 26, 2020 •

*NOTE: “+”; U.S. Customs and Border Patrol did not list specific totals and/or countries on ALL reported incidents.
*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.


Texas BorderApprehensions

FOREIGN COUNTRIES (apprehensions from foreign counties) Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran & Mexico
U.S. CITIZENS (apprehended for illegal activity)
GANG MEMBERS (Latin Kings) 1
SEIZURES (Some narcotics excluded. See below)
Undeclared cash*, $100,025; Xanex, 450 pills; loaded firearms, Spider Monkey (Ateles spider – endangered species), commercial vehicles, 9; passenger vehicles, 9; Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), 2

*It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000 over then 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.


*NOTE: The totals below are an estimate of what was reported in U.S. dollar and pounds.

COCAINE 53 lbs. $1,700,000
HEROIN 0 lbs. $0
MARIJUANA 4129.81 lbs. $1,676,600
METHAMPHETAMINE 170.5 lbs. $3,581,000
TOTAL 4353.31 lbs. $6,957,600


Convicted Murderer and Sex Offender Arrested in Rio Grande Valley

Friday, June 26, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas, – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrest two illegal aliens with previous convictions for murder and sexually related crimes…

Rio Grande Valley Agents Seize Nearly $400K in Marijuana
Friday, June 26, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas, – Agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly 470 lbs. of marijuana…

Border Patrol, HSI Stop Potentially Dangerous Human Smuggling Attempt
Friday, June 26, 2020 | SARITA, Texas –With the help of a K-9, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Javier Vega, Jr. Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, assisted Homeland Security…

CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge does not Monkey Around
Thursday, June 25, 2020 | HIDALGO, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge usually discover…

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents Disrupt Drug Smuggling Attempts, Agent Assaulted
Thursday, June 25, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – During a failed marijuana smuggling event, a subject becomes combative with a Border Patrol agent…

Border Patrol Agents Save Six in Distress
Thursday, June 25, 2020 | DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector rescue six illegal aliens in distress, June 22…

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Three Abandoned by Smugglers
Thursday, June 25, 2020 | DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector rescued three, including a pregnant woman, June 21…

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Detain Three Iranian Nationals
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station arrested a family of three from Iran, June 21…

Off-Road Drug Smuggling Attempt Foiled by Border Patrol
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized two Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) and 6 pounds of meth in their arrest of five people near Nogales…

Border Patrol EMT Provides Critical Care To Distressed Driver
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | BRACKETTVILLE, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Brackettville Station assisted a driver in…

CBP Officers Seize $100,025 in Unreported U.S. Currency at the Rio Grande City, Texas Port of Entry
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry recently seized $100,025 in bulk...

World Trade Bridge Officers Seize Marijuana Worth Over $500K
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the World Trade Bridge intercepted narcotics totaling…

Border Patrol Foils Several Human Smuggling Attempts
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS — U.S. Border Patrol agents foiled several human smuggling attempts over the weekend…

Over Three Days, RGV Agents Seize More than $2M Worth of Drugs
Monday, June 22, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas — Since Friday, Border Patrol agents foiled three drug smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of more than 230 pounds of marijuana…

Three Sexual Predators Arrested in the Rio Grande Valley in just Over 24 Hours
Monday, June 22, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas — Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three illegal aliens with previous convictions for sexually related crimes…

CBP Officers Nab 48 Making Illegal Entry at Area Rail Crossings During Father’s Day Weekend
Monday, June 22, 2020 | EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the El Paso port of entry apprehended 48 illegal aliens between June 18 and June 20. They…

CBP Field Operations Seizes $3.1 Million in Methamphetamine at Pharr International Bridge
Monday, June 22, 2020 | PHARR, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted alleged…

U.S. Border Patrol Recovers Narcotics from Submerged Vehicle
Monday, June 22, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo North Station thwarted a narcotics smuggling attempt northwest of…

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