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Laredo Border Patrol Agents Seize More Than a Ton of Marijuana

(Thursday, December 04, 2008)

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Laredo, Texas – Laredo, Texas Border Patrol agents seized more than 2, 572 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value street value of $2.1 million in separate incidents this week.

The largest of the seizures occurred yesterday at a local checkpoint. Agents were conducting an immigration inspection on the driver of a 1999 Freightliner tractor trailer when a Border Patrol canine alerted toward the trailer, indicating the possible presence of hidden people or contraband. The vehicle was referred for secondary inspection and examined by the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System, which uses gamma rays to produce an image similar to an X-ray. The machine image showed an anomaly at the rear portion of the trailer.

Agents opened the trailer and found 42 cellophane-wrapped bundles. The bundles contained marijuana with a total weight of 1,387.6 pounds and an estimated street value just over $1.1 million. The driver, the truck and the marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Tuesday, Laredo North agents received information of suspicious activity near La Bota Ranch. Agents responded to the area and located several abandoned bundles of marijuana hidden in a pasture of high grass. A total of 169.4 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $135,520 was seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Border Patrol agents near Laredo, Texas found almost 300 pounds of marijuana under this pick-ups false floor.

On Monday, Zapata station agents responded to a report of suspicious activity near Salado Creek. Agents responded to the area and encountered a GMC Suburban with two occupants inside. While performing an immigration inspection of the occupants, agents observed in plain view several bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 494.5 pounds with an estimated value of $395,600. The subjects, marijuana and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Other notable marijuana seizures were:

  • 290.5 pounds seized Monday by agents assigned to the Hebbronville station. Agents attempted to stop a 2003 Dodge Ram near Oilton, Texas. The driver and passenger absconded and left the vehicle abandoned. A detector canine alerted to the bed of the pickup truck. Agents discovered 67 bundles of marijuana inside the false bed of the truck. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $232,440. The marijuana and vehicle were turned over to DEA agents.
  • 218.8 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo West station. They seized the drugs from a vehicle stop they made of two occupants driving a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up near the Colombia port of entry on Mines Road. The suspects attempted to escape but were apprehended by Laredo West agents a short distance from the initial stop. Inside the vehicle, agents located 10 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana, valued at $175,040, was turned over to DEA.
  • 11.2 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo North station. Agents discovered two unclaimed bags in the luggage compartment of a commercial bus containing cellophane-wrapped bundles of marijuana with an estimated street value of $8,960. The drugs were turned over to the DEA

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

On Monday, Zapata station agents responded to a report of suspicious activity near Salado Creek. Agents responded to the area and encountered a GMC Suburban with two occupants inside. While performing an immigration inspection of the occupants, agents observed in plain view several bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 494.5 pounds with an estimated value of $395,600. The subjects, marijuana and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Other notable marijuana seizures were:

  • 290.5 pounds seized Monday by agents assigned to the Hebbronville station. Agents attempted to stop a 2003 Dodge Ram near Oilton, Texas. The driver and passenger absconded and left the vehicle abandoned. A detector canine alerted to the bed of the pickup truck. Agents discovered 67 bundles of marijuana inside the false bed of the truck. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $232,440. The marijuana and vehicle were turned over to DEA agents.
  • 218.8 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo West station. They seized the drugs from a vehicle stop they made of two occupants driving a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up near the Colombia port of entry on Mines Road. The suspects attempted to escape but were apprehended by Laredo West agents a short distance from the initial stop. Inside the vehicle, agents located 10 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana, valued at $175,040, was turned over to DEA.
  • 11.2 pounds seized by agents assigned to the Laredo North station. Agents discovered two unclaimed bags in the luggage compartment of a commercial bus containing cellophane-wrapped bundles of marijuana with an estimated street value of $8,960. The drugs were turned over to the DEA

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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NY Times Attacks Border Security

By donfeder
October 22, 2008 <!– In Articles | No Comments –>

In a [1] story in today’s New York Times, the paper once again goes to bat for illegal immigration – this time by attacking a border fence in Friendship Park near San Diego.

Formerly, the Park “stood out as a spot where international neighbors [i.e., Mexicans in Mexico and Mexicans residing in the United States] can chat easily over the fence,” The Times gushes.

But now, the once-tattered chain-link fence is being replaced with a more formidable barrier, making it harder for cross-border socializing – a tragedy of unparalleled proportions, from The Times’ perspective. Read More »


New York CBP Officers Arrest United States Citizen Wanted by FBI
10/04/2008

Champlain, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the arrest of a United States citizen wanted in Florida and Louisiana.

On October 3, CBP officers received notification from Canada Border Services Agency that Alexander Legault, a 59-year-old United States citizen from Evergreen Park, Ill., was being deported to the United States after a failed refugee claim in Canada. Record checks by Canadian authorities revealed the possibility of an active warrant in the United States.

Upon notification, CBP officers performed additional record checks and verified that Legault was in fact, the subject of two active felony warrants, the first issued on March 14, 1986 by the FBI’s New Orleans office and the second issued on January 7, 2000 by the Volusia County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. The warrants charge Legault with Racketeering, Conspiracy, Organized Fraud, Mail Fraud, Unregulated Security, and Sale/Security by an Unregulated Dealer. The FBI’s is a no-bond warrant and the bond in Louisiana is set at $10,000,000.

CBP officers verified the validity of the warrants and confirmed extradition. Legault was then arrested and turned over to the custody of the New York State Police and transported to the Clinton County Jail pending extradition to Florida and Louisiana.

“This arrest demonstrates the continued cooperation among various U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies, as well as CBP officers due diligence in apprehending wanted criminals,” said acting Champlain Port Director Steven Bronson.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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