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Calexico CBP Officers Intercept $155,000 Worth Of Meth & Heroin Over Weekend

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CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry intercepted $155,540 worth of methamphetamine and heroin in three vehicles over the weekend.

The first seizure occurred on Saturday, May 11, at about 10:50 a.m., when a CBP officer encountered two men who entered the border crossing in a Ford F-150 truck. The CBP officer referred the 31-year-old and the 41-year-old to the vehicle inspection lot for a more in-depth examination.

A canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s undercarriage. Following an intensive search, officers discover five wrapped packages containing a total of 11 pounds of methamphetamine stashed inside transmission transfer case of the truck. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $ 17,600.

The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens and residents of Stockton, were arrested for the alleged narcotics smuggling attempt.

At about 2:40 p.m., the next day, a 33-year-old woman entered the U.S. driving a 2004 Nissan Maxima sedan. A CBP officer conducting primary inspections of vehicles and travelers referred both the driver and vehicle for a more intensive inspection.

While officers were conducting their search of the Maxima using the port’s imaging system and a canine team, a CBP detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s engine area. Officers subsequently searched the area and discovered three wrapped packages containing a total of seven pounds of heroin inside a non-factory compartment in the battery of the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $65,940.

The driver, a Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja Mexico, was arrested for the alleged narcotics smuggling attempt.

Hours later, at about 5:40 p.m., a CBP officer working at the port of entry referred a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2008 Mazda CX7 for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an examination of the sedan that included a canine screening. The detector dog alerted to the rear back seat of the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered 49 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the gas tank of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 45 pounds with a street value of approximately $ 72,000.

In each of the three narcotics incidents, the drivers and passenger were turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing and were later transported to the Imperial County Jail.

CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles.

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Yuma Sector Arrests Gang Member From El Salvador In Group Of Illegal Aliens

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YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested an 18th Street gang member from El Salvador along with six illegal aliens from Mexico and Honduras Saturday, morning south of Dateland.

Wellton Station agents discovered evidence of foot traffic near the international border south of Dateland Saturday morning. After an extensive search, agents located seven adults hiding in brush approximately five miles southeast of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Forward Operating Base, Camp Desert Grip. The seven men were from El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico.

During processing, agents identified one of the illegal aliens as Santos Sorto-Sorto, a 34-year-old 18th Street gang member from El Salvador. He has multiple felony convictions for possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, and disorderly conduct out of New Jersey. He stated that he was attempting to travel to Houston, Texas to live and work.

All seven illegal aliens were processed for immigration violations.

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Border Patrol Apprehends 251 Illegal Aliens in Presidio, Texas

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PRESIDIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Presidio Station apprehended 251 illegal aliens in the last four days, from Thursday to Sunday. The illegal aliens are citizens from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said, “The significant number of arrests by Presidio Station agents is evidence that the dramatic increase in illegal entries along the southern border is impacting us locally.” Chief Hudak added, “The volume of arrests challenges our ability to effectively patrol the border while our agents are consumed by caring for persons in our custody. I commend our agents for their professionalism and dedication in the face of these challenges.”

On Thursday, at approximately 11:30 p.m. the Presidio Station was informed of a large group of individuals attempting make illegal entry into the U.S. within the city limits of Presidio, Texas. Presidio agents responded to the last known location of the group and safely arrested 56 individuals without incident. On Friday morning, Presidio agents arrested an additional group of 19 individuals illegally present in the U.S.

Between Saturday and Sunday the agents arrested an additional 176 individuals illegally present in the U.S.

All 251 subjects will be charged and processed according to the applicable immigration laws. Big Bend Sector has apprehended over 648 illegal aliens in the first 13 days of May. More than half of the illegal aliens have been apprehended by agents assigned to the Presidio Station.

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