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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Apprehend Over 164,000 Illegals In Less Than 7 Months

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Via U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Release Date: April 23, 2019

EDINBURG, Texas – The U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector continues to experience unprecedented numbers in illegal alien apprehensions.

Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol Sector has apprehended more than 164,000 people to date, surpassing the total number of apprehensions made in fiscal year 2018. The sector continues to work with its federal, state, local and non-governmental partners in addressing the influx of Central and South American migrants crossing into South Texas.

On average, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrest more than 1100 people per day.

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

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting:

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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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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