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    (CNN)An unofficial challenge coin depicting the infamous image of an agent on horseback confronting a Haitian migrant is being investigated by US Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility, according to agency spokesperson Luis Miranda.The coin, which is on sale on eBay, is inscribed with phrases, like "You will be returned" and "Reining it in since May 28, 1924." It's unclear where the coin originated."The images depicted on this coin are offensive, insensitive, and run counter to the core values of CBP. This is not an official CBP coin," Miranda said in a statement."The CBP Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating whether or not it is being sold by anyone at CBP, and will take appropriate action if so. The CBP Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) will also send a cease-and-desist letter to any vendor who produces unauthorized challenge coins using one of CBP's trademarked brands," he added.Last year, during a surge of mostly Haitian migrants at the US southern border, photos surfaced of agents on horseback swinging long reins near migrants who had crossed the border near...
    (CNN)US Customs and Border Protection officers in California have discovered more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin concealed in toolboxes that were being transported to the United States. Federal officers working at the Tecate Port of Entry on April 1 encountered a 56-year-old male driver of a 2006 Toyota Tundra who was waiting in line to enter the country, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Friday in a news release. CBP officers referred the vehicle for further examination and during an inspection they "extracted a total of 94 packages of narcotics from underneath and inside multiple toolboxes on the bed of the vehicle," the news release says. US drug overdose deaths reach another record high as deaths from fentanyl surgeThe narcotics were tested and confirmed as cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin with a combined weight of roughly 415 pounds, according to the agency. Officers seized the vehicle and the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $2.56 million, CBP said. "This interception is a true testament to the diligence of our frontline CBP officers," said Rosa Hernandez, Port...
    MARATHON (CBSMiami) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection rescued four people from a sinking boat about three miles south of Marathon. It happened Wednesday morning. READ MORE: Man Accused Of Making Bomb Threat At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International AirportAccording to the agency, two Air and Marine Operations boat crews were conducting a training exercise in the area when they heard the distress call over their radios. The boat operator said they were in a 26-foot center console, quickly taking on large amounts of water, and were in danger of sinking. READ MORE: Airboat Crash Near Parkland, Several People InjuredBoth crews raced to the area and rescued the boat’s occupants. They notified the U.S. Coast Guard, who arrived on the scene a short time later, and began to “dewater: the sinking vessel. Eventually, it was safely towed back to land. MORE NEWS: Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Jackson Brown Get Underway Monday“When someone is in distress, their safety and well-being come before their citizenship, nationality, or immigration status,” said Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent, Robert Sellers. “The same...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Customs and Border Protection officers in Pennsylvania made two drug seizures this week with a tasty twist.On Wednesday, the CBP said Philadelphia officers came upon 12 cans labeled as "Dutch Canned Vegetable Chicken Soup."Something apparently seemed suspicious when they noticed the cans leaking a purple liquid.An analysis revealed those cans were filled with MDMA, a drug commonly known as ecstasy or molly. Photo provided by Customs and Border Protection The shipment came from the Netherlands was headed for Miami, CBP says.Then, on Thursday, officers encountered some pills stuffed in a pair of pastries.In fact, CBP says 10,000 tablets of Tramadol, described as a synthetic morphine-like opioid, inside two sticky cakes.They were discovered after an x-ray on a box manifested as garments revealed what appeared to be packaged pharmaceuticals, officials said.The package arrived from London and was destined for Charleston, West Virginia.Photo provided by Customs and Border Protection "Crooked consumers continue to purchase dangerous drugs and controlled substances from unscrupulous international vendors, chemicals that consist of unverified ingredients that could potentially harm or kill our nation's citizens,"...
    SAN DIEGO -- Authorities seized nearly $3 million worth of methamphetamine, hidden among a shipment of onions, during a tractor-trailer's inspection at federal facility in San Diego, officials announced Friday.A K-9 unit for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection alerted to the trailer's shipment of onions on Sunday and officers found nearly 1,200 small packages of meth, the agency said Friday in a news release.The 46-year-old driver, a Mexican national who was not named, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt at the Otay Mesa port-of-entry commercial vehicle facility, officials said. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo shows commercial facility where authorities discovered almost 1,200 small packages of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of onions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP The packages of meth - more than 1,336 pounds (606 kilograms) - were shaped into small globes with a white covering, the agency said, and meant to blend into the onions. The drugs are estimated to be worth $2.9 million on the street."This was not only a clever attempt to try and smuggle in narcotics, one...
    Official Facebook and Twitter posts on Yuma Sector Border Patrol and Chief Chris Clem’s accounts regarding the arrest of a “potential terrorist” disappeared after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deleted the reports. Citing a violation of protocols and inappropriate release of sensitive information, all social media were scrubbed by the federal agency. The postings from December 20 indicated the agency determined an arrested man linked to Yemeni subjects of interest. The posts described the arrest of a 21-year-old Saudi Arabian national crossing into the United States from Mexico near Yuma. The migrant was arrested near County 8 ½ Road, west of the city on December 20. After investigating the case, the agency reported the migrant was linked to several Yemeni subjects of interest for terrorism concerns. In addition to the deletion of the Facebook posting, a Fox News report notes CBP deleted a similar tweet outlining the arrest from Chief Clem. CBP Public Affairs Assistant Commissioner Luis Miranda said in a statement to Fox News that the tweet was deleted because “it contained law enforcement sensitive information, violating agency...
                 The new head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), sworn into his new role Monday, is an open borders extremist and left-wing activist for causes like Black Lives Matter (BLM). Former Tucson Police Chief Christopher Magnus is the new CBP, which former Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and immigration hardliner Tom Homan described as the “final nail in the coffin for immigration enforcement.” “Worst selection ever,”Homan said. “That’s the final nail in the coffin for immigration enforcement at the border. Look, he doesn’t like the Border Patrol. He threatened to fire any police officer that worked for him in Tucson if they even assisted Border Patrol in any manner whatsoever. He refused to work with ICE.” “He was stone cold against Trump policies,” Homan continued. “He doesn’t bring the secured border. He supports sanctuary cities. So, look. Worst pick ever. Border Patrol agent morale is already in the toilet, this just killed it. The morale is non-existent in Border Patrol. They are very upset.” In 2019, during Magnus tenure as Tucson Police Chief,...
              moreby Jennie Taer   The number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 rose to 17,192 after the federal mandate deadline, according to a document obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The DCNF earlier reported that as of Nov. 14, 16,500 border agents were fully vaccinated, and 4,165 border agents were unvaccinated. The federal mandate deadline was Nov. 22. The latest figures show that 3,478 agents were considered not fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, with religious or medical exemption requests. According to the document, 315 agents aren’t fully vaccinated and have not submitted exemption requests. The document also shows that 419 agents were “unresponsive” to the mandate. CBP claims that 12,359 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, and 55 employees have died from the virus. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Monday that 98% of CBP was in compliance with the mandate. Moreover, 87% of CBP employees had received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 11% of employees submitted exemption requests, according to DHS. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Sept. 9, requiring federal employees to...
    The Senate confirmed Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus as the new commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the largest law enforcement agency in the United States. Senators voted on Tuesday evening 50-47 for Magnus, who will go from managing an Arizona city police force of 1,000 employees to overseeing 60,000 federal personnel and a budget of $16 billion, as the Biden administration struggles with a major border crisis. Most Republican senators opposed the nominee. MIGRANTS FROM ALL OVER WORLD CROSS SOUTHERN BORDER IN RECORD NUMBERS President Joe Biden nominated Magnus, 61, in April to take over CBP. Troy Miller, the director of CBP’s New York Field Office, has been acting commissioner since shortly after Biden assumed office in January. CBP, which inspects passengers and vehicles seeking admission to the United States at land ports of entry, sea ports, and airports, has been without a confirmed leader as illegal migration at the southern border has risen to the highest level in U.S. history. Magnus is originally from Michigan and graduated from the police academy at Lansing Community College before...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– When you’re buying your holiday presents, make sure they’re legit. Customs and Border Protection wants people to be aware and protect themselves from inferior products, and rip-offs. READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Returns To Witness Stand, Again Denies Hiring Osundairo Brothers To Stage Attack; 'There Was No Hoax'Tuesday morning, agents showed off some of the merchandise they’ve confiscated before it made it to shelves in Chicago. “The truth is when you’re buying something online and you’re buying it through Ebay and you’re buying a hangbag that normally costs $1,500 and you’re paying $50 dollars for it, it’s a fake bag,” Shane Campbell, Director of Area Port of Chicago. READ MORE: West Town Area Neighbors Band Together To Catch Man Suspected In Years' Worth Of Package TheftsFrom watches, belts, purses and even stamps, customs and border protection officers seized nearly $8 million in fake goods in the last fiscal year. It’s not just about taking money your wallet. The counterfeits also hurt the U.S. economy. It’s also a concern for your safety. MORE NEWS: Small Private Plane Slides Off...
    A Customs and Border Patrol agent closes the door after a group of migrant women are loaded into a transport, after being apprehended near the border between Mexico and the United States in Del Rio, Texas, on May 16, 2021. The Biden administration this past summer issued a policy limiting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention of pregnant individuals. Now, a group of Senate Democrats is calling on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec Alejandro Mayorkas to issue similar guidelines within the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. “Such a policy is vital to ensuring the dignity and health of these individuals and their newborn children, particularly during a continued global pandemic,” legislators tell Mayorkas. They note the 2020 case of one pregnant asylum-seeker forced to give birth at a border station after officials refused to take her to a hospital. “After Border Patrol arrested her, she was sent to the Chula Vista Border Patrol station where she was forced to give birth standing up, delivering the baby into her pants, while holding onto the edge of a garbage can for support,” the 11...
    EL PASO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding the public that starting today, Nov. 8, only those fully vaccinated foreign nationals with appropriate and valid entry documents will be permitted to cross into the country from Mexico at land border crossings for non-essential reasons. “We are hearing about rumors circulating on social media and elsewhere that this change applies to anyone. I can assure you it does not,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “It is vitally important that members of the public only consult official government sources the most accurate and reliable information related to the November 8 changes.” READ MORE: Dallas Homicide Detectives Arrest Kerry Lamont Webb In Connection To James Arthur Davis SlayingThe new rule comes 20 months after the United States shut crossings for non-essential trips. It specifies only foreigners who have received World Health Organization-approved vaccines can cross. Those travelers are required to be prepared to attest to vaccination status and to present proof of vaccination to a CBP officer upon request. The...
    CHICAGO -- Federal immigration agents will end mass workplace arrests of immigrant employees suspected of living in the U.S. without legal permission, according to a memo issued Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.Instead, the focus will shift to pursuing "unscrupulous employers who exploit the vulnerability of undocumented workers" and emphasize fighting worker abuse including paying substandard wages, unsafe working conditions and human trafficking.The three-page memo directs the heads of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and Citizenship and Immigration Services to draw up a plan within two months to increase employer penalties, encourage workers to report unscrupulous practices without fear and coordinate with other agencies, such as the Department of Labor.Mass worksite raids were common under former President Donald Trump, including a 2019 operation targeting Mississippi chicken plants, the largest such operation in over a decade. Trump and other Republican presidents defended raids as strong deterrents against illegal immigration, while workers groups called them unfair and discriminatory. For instance, most of the 680 workers arrested at chicken plants run by companies including Illinois-based Koch Foods were Latino.Tuesday's...
    PHARR, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility intercepted $1,233,000 in cocaine and fentanyl in two incidents. (credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) READ MORE: Volvo Recalling Older Sedans; Air Bag Inflators Can Explode“CBP officers intercepted these loads of cocaine and fentanyl thanks to great teamwork and the utilization of all available tools and resources.” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “It is important to remember how lethal fentanyl is, and our officers exercise extreme care and utilize personal protective equipment when they encounter any load of narcotics for that reason.” On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a commercial tractor trailer arriving from Mexico. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging equipment and screening by a (canine team). After physically inspecting the conveyance, officers found 35 packages of cocaine weighing 87.74 pounds and one package of fentanyl weighing 2.91 pounds concealed within the tractor. READ MORE:...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently seized two shipments of dozens of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in Pittsburgh. After it was revealed Wednesday that 70 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards were headed to an address in Beaver County, restaurants that require the shot still say they are not worried. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Man Gets 15 To 30 Years In 2015 Murder Leo. a public house in Pittsburgh was one of the first to require proof of vaccination and an ID before you’re allowed to eat there. The North Side eatery said they are not too concerned about people lying on their vaccination status. They believe the patrons will be honest. READ MORE: Teen Arrested In Homewood South Shooting That Injured 4 But the market for buying fake vaccine cards has skyrocketed since President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, which is why Acting U.S. Attorney General Steve Kaufman said officials are ready to take action if necessary. “We’re interested in any type of those counterfeit documents. We’ll investigate and we’ll prosecute if warranted,” Kaufman said. U.S. Customs says...
    EAGLE PASS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry seized narcotics which totaled more than $400,000 in street value. “While drug trafficking organizations employ a wide variety of methods to move their illicit product, CBP officers continue to utilize high-tech tools coupled with inspection experience to interdict these narcotics loads and keep our communities safe,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. READ MORE: Texas Rent Relief Program Hands Out $750 Million In Assistance For Nearly 125K Households The seizure happened on Monday, August 30, when a CBP officer assigned to the Camino Real International Bridge II referred a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado for secondary inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 41-year-old female U.S. citizen accompanied by a 33-year-old male U.S. citizen traveling from Mexico. Upon a physical inspection of the driver’s belongings, one package was discovered. Upon a physical inspection of the passenger’s belongings, seven packages were discovered. A subsequent physical inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of another package....
    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is sounding the alarm about a scam where people are called by fake officers requesting their banking details. The call may come from an area code you know but if you answer and something doesn't feel right then hang up, the CBP says as a South Carolina man almost lost thousands of dollars to brazen tricksters in a phone scam earlier this week. 1The federal agency says scammers are pretending to be CBP officers and are requesting personal details "If there is an attempt to get personal information, beyond maybe your name off a social media platform, it’s a scam," Rob Brisley, a CBP spokesperson said. "You never want to share personal information, details about your family, your finances, bank information. It’s okay to hang up." Scott Thompson from Bennettsville was almost stung when he received several calls from a person claiming to be from the CBP who had a package in his name. The scammer claimed he was opening an investigation and told Scott to dial "1" to speak with an agent, which...
    The cards were identified as fakes by numerous typos, unfinished words, and misspelled Spanish verbiage on the back. Additionally, they were imported by a non-CDC or medical entity, which tipped customs agents off. NEW: Border Protection officers in Memphis stopped a HUGE shipment of fake COVID vaccine cards heading to New Orlea… https://t.co/dwNkeQPBrf — Christina Watkins (@Christina Watkins)1628882321.0Several state and local governments and private businesses have sought to impose vaccine mandates as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen nationwide this summer. Some public places like bars, schools, and other settings where large numbers of people may gather are being told to require patrons to show proof of vaccination to gain entry. Fake vaccine cards are a means by which people who do not wish to take a COVID-19 vaccine are attempting to circumvent the restrictions. An Associated Press report found that fake vaccine cards were available for purchase online from $25 to as much as $200. The falsified vaccination documents have become popular on college campuses, as at least 675 colleges and universities now require proof of COVID-19...
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas has identified 177 fatal encounters with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel dating back to January 2010 – including 34 deaths in custody. A new database launched Friday by the non-profit organization tracks fatal encounters with CBP officials, including U.S. Border Patrol agents.  The agency, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), doesn't publicly release data on fatal encounters or "use of force" incidents, unlike other its law enforcement counterparts. CBP is required to notify Congress only about deaths in its custody.  "It's remarkable that the nation's largest law enforcement agency doesn't have this information publicly tracked and available," said Shaw Drake, staff attorney and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. "It begs the question -- are they doing their due diligence internally to track deadly encounters involving personnel and taking steps to minimize that?" CBS News' has reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment.  The data compiled by the ACLU from media outlets and CBP press releases also revealed the ...
    A US Customs and Border Protection patch on the uniform of Rodolfo Karisch, Rio Grande Valley sector chief patrol agent, as he testifies during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on April 9, 2019. Alex Edelman/Getty Images US Customs and Border Protection agents will begin wearing body cameras. The CBP said 6,000 will be deployed by the end of 2021. There are at least 60,000 people in the CBP. The cameras will first go to border patrol locations along the southwest and northern borders. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. US Customs and Border Protection said on Wednesday agents and officers will begin wearing body cameras in the line of duty due to a new department directive. As of 2019, there were close to 60,000 CBP agents around the US. The CBP said in a press release approximately 6,000 of them will receive body cameras by the end of the year to reinforce trust in the agency. AP Footage from body-worn cameras is frequently cited as evidence in trials to get a more accurate glimpse at what...
    More than 47,000 counterfeit Cialis pills and 10,117 fake pieces of designer clothing and footwear – with an estimated value of $12.7 million-plus – were seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports area, officials announced Monday, June 21. The clothing items bore Christian Dior, Versace, Gucci, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nike Air and Swoosh designs and was part of a shipment from China, said Jaime Ruiz, a spokesman for U.S Customs and Border Protection. The haul included handbags, shoes and sunglasses. The merchandise’s estimated value is based on suggested retail prices by the manufacturers, Ruiz said. Border Protection officers and U.S. Homeland Security investigators seized the items and turned them over to the Los Angeles Police Department for further investigation, Ruiz said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security Investigators, seized more than $12.7 million worth in counterfeit Cialis pills and designer accessories at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection) U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security...
    PHARR, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — A load of mixed hard narcotics containing cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin worth $6,582,600 were seized from a commercial shipment arriving from Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted the drugs. READ MORE: SWAT Standoff In Irving Ends With Teenage Aggravated Assault Suspect In Custody “This seizure was accomplished due to great all around teamwork, beginning with analytical research, use of technology and the endless commitment to the border security mission of keeping dangerous drugs from continuing their trek into our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas READ MORE: President Joe Biden Brings Up Jailed North Texan Trevor Reed In Meeting With Vladimir Putin On June 14, 2021, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of floor tile and a non-intrusive imaging inspection allowed the officers to discover packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the shipment. Officers removed 162 packages of methamphetamine weighing 203 pounds, 40 packages of heroin weighing 47.39 pounds and...
    The FBI is searching for the operator of a 'heavily-modified' drone that flew into the path of a US Customs and Border Protection helicopter, orbited it several times and led it on a high-speed chase over Tucson, Arizona.  The drone never hit the CBP chopper but it 'was flying dangerous close' around 10.30pm on February 9, the FBI said in a Thursday statement, which prompted a futile, multi-agency manhunt for the person or people who were piloting it.   FBI officials told Tucson TV station KOLD that the drone - which was capable of reaching 14,000 feet and speeds over 100mph with a range of 70 miles - 'orbited' the helicopter several times and then led the helicopter on a circular, hour-long chase.  The FBI said the drone made 'erratic maneuvers' and strayed into military airspace above the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which is about five miles outside of Tucson.  Officials described the drone as 'high-powered' and 'heavily-modified' but did not explain what modifications had been made to it.   The drone is said to have a single green light on its underbelly, estimated...
    A government helicopter that was being flown by two pilots from a federal border agency crashed in Oklahoma City on Wednesday afternoon, according to local and federal officials. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter went down near the 1700 block of North Cimarron Road in a fiery blaze that first responders struggled to contain. The two pilots on board survived and were being treated on-site for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Oklahoma City Fire Department. No other passengers were on board. Two pilots were in the helicopter as it went down. They were able to get out on their own after it hit the ground. The helicopter continued to burn down to its frame. Both patients were transported with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. 4:23 pm— Oklahoma City Fire (@OKCFD) May 12, 2021 "Two pilots were in the helicopter as it went down. They were able to get out on their own after it hit the ground. The helicopter continued to burn down to its frame. Both patients were transported with what were believed to be non-life-threatening...
    LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers intercepted hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $976,000 in two separate enforcement actions over the weekend. Packages, bag containing methamphetamine, cocaine and Oxycodone seized by CBP officer’s at Laredo’s Juarez-Lincoln Bridge. (credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) “Operational vigilance in border security led to these seizures of hard narcotics, which helps disrupt the flow of illegal contraband and prevents this poison from reaching our communities,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry. READ MORE: After Cyberattack Pipeline Officials Hope To Have Service Back By The Weekend -- But Oil Prices Fall The first seizure occurred on Monday, May 7 at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a 2000 Chevrolet Express Van for a secondary examination. The vehicle was van by a 35-year-old male United States citizen making entry from Mexico. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of two packages containing 43.78 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle. The...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A Covina man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the 2016 kidnapping of his wife that resulted in her death, according to federal authorities. (credit: CBS) Eddy Reyes, 35, an employee of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has been in custody without bond since his arrest on April 15. The indictment returned Wednesday charges him with kidnapping his wife, 21-year-old Claudia Sanchez Reyes, on May 6, 2016, an incident that resulted in her death. READ MORE: 5 Suspects Arrested In Theft Of Lady Gagas Dogs, Shooting Of Dog Walker Ryan Fischer, Including Woman Who Returned Dogs Claudia Reyes was last seen leaving work that night, according to court documents. After Eddy Reyes filed a missing persons report four days later, Santa Ana police say investigators learned that co-workers had overheard Claudia Reyes fighting with her husband before he picked her up in a rented SUV on the day she disappeared. An affidavit in support of the criminal complaint notes detectives found a drop of Claudia Reyes’ blood in the vehicle, and a cadaver...
    President Joe Biden's administration may still be detaining undocumented immigrants at the southern border – but it will no longer be locking up illegal aliens, under a new policy circumscribing the language border officials can use. Immigration enforcement officials will stop using the term 'alien, 'illegal aliens' and 'assimilation' altogether, under a new memo from top Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection officials. Instead, they will use language the administration says is more humanizing, even as the administration confronts a wave of attempted crossings at the southern border.   'As the nation's premier law enforcement agency, we set a tone and example for our country and partners across the world,' wrote Troy Miller of CBP, in a memo obtained by the Washington Post.  Immigration enforcement agencies in the Biden Administration will no longer use the terms 'illegal alien' in their policy statements 'We enforce our nation's laws while also maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact. The words we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity to those in our custody.' ...
    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents busted a woman on Friday for illegally trying to smuggle in thousands of dollars worth of cocaine by stuffing pellets both in her and on her. Lawful permanent resident Yerlina Lantigua Hernandez DeNova arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Friday and underwent inspection from CBP agents. During the initial examination, agents found three pellets in her purse containing a white powder. DeNova was subsequently taken to a private inspection room  where officers found more pellets stuffed in her bra, according to CBP. DeNova then admitted that she inserted more pellets both vaginally and anally, according to CBP. Cocaine seized at JFK by U.S. Customs and Border Protection [Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection]Authorities found in total 100 pellets both on and in DeNova. The pellets tested positive for cocaine, according to CBP. (RELATED: US Citizens Allegedly Attempted To Smuggle Nearly $1 Million Worth Of Narcotics Across The Border) Approximately three pounds worth of cocaine was seized, valued at approximately $94,000, according to CBP. “This seizure...
    (CNN)The number of unaccompanied minors in US Customs and Border Protection custody, akin to jail-like conditions, has dropped 45%, according to the latest government data, amid an ongoing effort by the Biden administration to find suitable spaces to accommodate kids after facing scrutiny for overcrowded facilities.As of Sunday, there were 3,130 children in the custody of CBP, an agency not intended to care for children for prolonged periods of time, marking a drop from the peak -- 5,767 on March 28 -- since the government started providing data, indicating progress in alleviating Border Patrol stations.More on Immigration Inside a US-Mexico border facility Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to secure borders Biden to name nominees to lead two immigration agencies A mom just reunited with her 10-year-old daughter in Texas after six years apart. Their journey isn't over The average time in CBP custody for unaccompanied migrant children is still far above the 72-hour legal limit, though, hovering around 122 hours, according to data obtained by CNN.Over recent days, officials have been transferring an increasing number of...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) — Chris Magnus, former chief of the Richmond Police Department, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Magnus is currently the police chief in Tucson, Arizona, a position he began in 2015 following his nine-year tenure at Richmond PD. READ MORE: Suspect Arrested After Brutal San Francisco North Beach Assault of Asian American Couple During his time as Richmond’s top cop, Magnus was credited with improving community policing and dropping crime rates in the city. including a dramatic reduction in murders to a 33-year low of 11 murders in 2014. As Tucson’s police chief, Magnus implemented de-escalation training, sentinel event review processes, and programs to promote officer health and wellness, according to the White House. Magnus also has extensive experience in addressing immigration issues because of Tucson’s proximity to the border, the White House said. READ MORE: COVID Reopening: San Francisco Public Elementary School Students Return To Classrooms Magnus previously served as police chief in Fargo, North Dakota and came up through the ranks in the Lansing, Michigan...
    Former Richmond, Calif. Police Chief Chris Magnus — widely considered a progressive law enforcement leader and a critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies — will be President Biden’s nomination to head the largest federal law enforcement agency in the country, the New York Times first reported. Magnus, who has been the chief of the Tucson Police Department in Arizona since he left Richmond in 2015, is reportedly Biden’s pick to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. If confirmed, Magnus would take on the controversial role at a time when the agency is grappling with a wave of border crossings: unaccompanied teenagers and children have arrived in record numbers. He’s had a complicated relationship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Union officials for the Border Patrol called Magnus a “a ultra-liberal social engineer who was given a badge and a gun by the City of Tucson” in a 2018 Facebook post and said then that Magnus was “preaching anarchy and encouraging police officers to commit dereliction of duty.” Magnus had criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies and approach....
    YUMA, Ariz. -- Border officials busted a man trying to smuggle opioids hidden inside breakfast burritos, officials said.U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog alerted authorities to the pills at the Yuma Sector immigration checkpoint in Arizona.The burritos stuffed with fentanyl were inside a backpack that a 37-year-old man was transporting in an SUV.The drugs weighed more than 5 pounds and have a street value of nearly $60,000.Officials arrested the man on Monday and seized the drugs.Fentanyl is of specific concern to law enforcement because it is a large component of the opioid crisis.This marks the second time in as many months officials have intercepted drug-laced breakfast food.In February, federal agents in Cincinnati found nearly $3 million worth of Corn Flakes coated with cocaine heading for Hong Kong from South America.
                      by Eric Lendrum  Under the administration of Joe Biden, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun releasing entire families of illegal aliens back into the U.S. from their custody without setting a date for them to appear before an immigration court, as reported by Breitbart. Breitbart’s Randy Clark, himself a veteran of the Border Patrol, said that CBP has sent notices to border patrol agents and other immigration enforcement authorities that families are to be released without a formal “Notice to Appear.” Two anonymous officials seemed to confirm Clark’s account. “This is insane,” one official said. “It is another pull factor that will overwhelm us. We are creating an entirely different class of aliens we will have to deal with years from now. We will never find most of these aliens once they are released.” In response to the revelations, CBP issued a statement claiming that such practice “is no change in policy.” “In some cases,” the statement elaborated, “families are placed in removal proceedings further along in the release...
    More On: migrants Nearly 1,000 unaccompanied migrant kids held by border patrol for over 10 days Border agents releasing asylum-seeking migrants into US without court date Democratic border-town mayor: Biden admin handling of crisis ‘a slap in the face’ Unlawful crossings into Rio Grande Valley set to nearly double in March: CBP Photos from inside a temporary Customs and Border Protection migrant shelter in Texas offer a sobering glimpse into the overcrowded conditions faced by hundreds of children in US custody. The photos, provided to Axios by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tx.) on Monday, were taken over the weekend at a “soft sided” CBP facility in Donna, Texas. He said he did not take the photos himself. They come as the Biden administration continues its unprecedented media blackout at these facilities — with the Department of Homeland Security outright refusing to allow journalists to visit and report on the conditions. Speaking to Axios, Cuellar described what he saw as “terrible conditions for the children,” arguing that minors need to be moved far quicker into the care of the Department of...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection officials refused to explain how restricting agents and border officers from sharing information with the media lives up to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ promise of transparency. The Biden administration reportedly told border officials they can only share limited information concerning the increase of migrants arriving at the southern border and media releases must first be approved by the national office, NBC News reported Thursday. Only certain employees are permitted to speak on behalf of the agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Mayorkas, the head of DHS, committed to keeping the department open and transparent during a White House press conference on March 1. “I will share with you something — another principle to which I intend to adhere throughout my tenure, and that’s openness and transparency, and that includes the Fourth Estate,” Mayorkas said. “Let me — let me share with you what I — what I communicate to...
    Fox Nation host Lara Logan took to the sky over the Gulf of Mexico to search for drug smugglers on the latest episode of "Lara Logan Has No Agenda: Return to the Border." Logan accompanied a team from U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) out of Corpus Christi, Texas, onboard a P-3 Orion aircraft.  As the aircraft approached a suspicious plane, aviation flight engineer Les Fuqua explained to Logan their tracking method. "What we're trying to do is catch them on radar," he explains. "We want to get nose-to-nose with them, and then when they get a certain distance, we will come around them, either [to the] left or right, out of distance at a wide range. But we can still watch over radar, but they can't see us, and then we'll come in behind them." DEA BATTLING 'EXPLOSION' OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN US, SPECIAL AGENT TELLS LARA LOGAN On this occasion, the plane is another CBP P-3 Orion, standing in for the smaller crafts commonly used by smugglers.  Video"What we do is, we'll come up from underneath them," Fuqua explains. "Because...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seized almost 200 pounds of bologna, according to an agency press release. Members of the CBP’s Field Operations Agriculture Specialists from the Columbus, New Mexico, port of entry found 22 rolls of illegal Mexican bologna inside a Nissan Rogue on Feb. 7, the CBP said in a statement Thursday. The 22 rolls amounted to 194 pounds of bologna, the agency’s statement read. Man busted trying to smuggle 194 pounds of Mexican bologna into the US https://t.co/50Gc4KF1RA pic.twitter.com/nfXEcTQjwV — New York Post (@nypost) February 12, 2021 The driver of the vehicle, a 49-year-old resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was given a $500 civil penalty, according to CBP. (RELATED: Human Smuggling Attempt Stopped By Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies In Texas) The seized Mexican bologna is illegal in the U.S. because the pork product “has the potential for introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry,” the statement reads. “It is important that travelers understand they should declare all items they are transporting from abroad to avoid fines and penalties,” CBP Columbus Port Director...
    A US Customs and Border Protection officer checks a passport at the Mexico-US border. Omar Martínez/picture alliance via Getty Images A border officer will spend 30 months in prison for smuggling a convicted felon into the US. Jose Fuentes pleaded guilty to taking $6,000 from Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Villa, who had been deported. The DOJ said Fuentes previously abused his power to smuggle undocumented immigrants over the border. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A US Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison for taking a bribe at the US-Mexico border, according to the Department of Justice. Jose Rosalio Fuentes, 58, plead guilty in February 2020 to accepting $6,000 bribe from Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Villa, a convicted and deported felon. At the time of the incident, Fuentes was a canine officer operating in Nogales, Arizona. According to sentencing filings from the District of Arizona, an unidentified person first messaged Fuentes and inquired about what would happen if Gonzalez-Villa, who had several warrants out for his arrest, turned himself in at the border.  Prosecutors allege...
    More than $650,000 worth of heroin was seized by Customs and Border Protection officials near Laredo, Texas, on Saturday, officials announced on Tuesday. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials seized 33 packages containing a substance that appeared to be heroin, officials announced. The narcotics were discovered in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old U.S. citizen entering the country from Mexico. “Over 28 pounds of heroin, valued at $656K, were seized at the Laredo Port of Entry over the weekend. This destructive drug will not reach our streets as a result of the efforts and operational vigilance displayed by our CBP officers,” Laredo Director of Field Operations Randy Howe said in a statement. Over 28 pounds of heroin, valued at $656K, were seized at the #Laredo Port of Entry over the weekend. This destructive drug will not reach our streets as a result of the efforts and operational vigilance displayed by our #CBP officers. pic.twitter.com/K63ZMuTddg — Director of Field Operations Randy Howe (@DFOLaredo) January 19, 2021 The packages weighed just under 30 pounds and the narcotics were estimated to...
    Border Patrol agents seized nearly half a million dollars worth of drugs that were dropped 10 miles from the border of California by an ultralight aircraft that had flown over the border from Mexico into the United States before quickly returning. Federal law enforcement agents in Calexico, California, discovered the drug smuggling attempt as it unfolded Thursday night. Agents on patrol in southeastern California heard a loud noise in the sky and reported it to the station’s video surveillance team, which confirmed an ultralight was flying over the border into the U.S. Ultralights resemble go-karts and are operated by one pilot, according to Customs and Border Protection. They have been used in the El Centro region to move smaller quantities of drugs over the border wall. Agents were alerted by the surveillance team that the ultralight had landed in a neighborhood approximately 10 miles north of the international border. Responding agents found three large bundles that had been dropped from the aircraft for a smuggler to pick up and transport. No one was arrested, and the ultralight flew...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — More than $1.6 million in fake money has been intercepted over the last month from shipments originating in Ukraine and destined for, of all places, Joliet. As CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported, there were two separate shipments addressed to the same Joliet business – and now, the investigation is in the hands of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service. Earlier this fall, we showed you the flood of counterfeits coming through Chicago’s International Mail Facility during the pandemic. They’re still coming now. On Monday night, officers came across a package that was coming from Ukraine and heading to a business in Joliet. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers checked it out and found prop money – $1,395,700 in fake $100 bills, to be exact. They were considered “prop bills,” like ones used in film and on stage. But as Assistant Area Port Director Hans Leiterman explained, “It says ‘prop bills,’ but again, you wash it in the water, dry it, it will look like a normal $100 bill.” On...
    Unlawfully appointed acting DHS Sec. Chad Wolf and acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan lying, probably. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) failed to disclose information as required by law regarding its deployment to national protests following the police killing of George Floyd earlier this year, so a coalition of leading civil and immigrants’ rights organizations have now sued the out-of-control federal immigration agency in order to force it to release the records. “We should all ask ourselves why a federal agency whose purported role involves border enforcement is deployed to police peaceful protests in U.S. cities nationwide,” American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) of San Diego & Imperial Counties attorney Mitra Ebadolahi said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “There is an urgent need to ensure that the American public understands CBP’s mission ... and role in repressing Americans’ constitutional rights.” If Trump attempts to stop the vote counting, we need to take to the streets. The Protect the Results coalition has been preparing for this by organizing hundreds of post-election events across the country. Click here to find, and RSVP for, the Count Every Vote...
    Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Twitter suspended U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan for praising the border wall with Mexico, telling the border chief it amounted to “hateful conduct.” “CBP & [the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] continue to build new wall every day,” Morgan wrote in his message, visible in a screenshot shared with The Federalist. “Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It’s a fact, walls work.” In a message directed at Morgan when he attempted to log in, Twitter cited its policy on “hateful conduct,” which prohibits threatening messages. “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease,” that policy states. Morgan’s suspension came Wednesday afternoon. He said in a statement to The Federalist: Every mile [of the wall] helps us stop gang members, murderers, and pedophiles from entering our country. It’s just a fact. I’m sure somebody on that Twitter team has heard that...
    LAREDO, Texas – Laredo U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 904 pounds of alleged cocaine in two different drug busts over the weekend, officials said. The first bust happened on Friday at the World Trade Bridge when an officer referred a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of aluminum scrap for a secondary inspection. Port authorities discovered 135 packages containing 337 pounds of alleged cocaine in the shipment, officials said. The same day, CBP officers discovered 223 packages containing 567 pounds of alleged cocaine within another tractor-trailer also hauling aluminum scrap. Officials found a total of 358 packages containing 904 pounds of cocaine. Andrew Douglas, acting port director for the Laredo port of Entry, said the alleged drugs have a combined estimated street value of $6,973,400. “Our frontline CBP officers utilize their training and experience along with our high-tech tools and that effective combination led to the seizure of $6.9 million in cocaine in the cargo environment,” Douglas said. “The ability to facilitate lawful trade and travel while maintaining a robust enforcement focus is a critical element to our border...
    Customs and Border Protection officers seized thousands of marijuana water pipes during an inspection at Dulles Airport in suburban Washington. The glass bongs arrived from China and were bound for an address in California, CBP officials said. It’s illegal to ship bongs to the U.S. from other countries under drug paraphernalia laws. One of 8,387 bongs seized at Dulles Airport by Customs and Border Protection officers.  (Customs and Border Protection) THE 9 CRAZIEST THINGS SEIZED BY CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION The seizure of the 8,387 bongs took place at Dulles on Wednesday, officials said. The items were valued at $143,000. They were found in 41 boxes. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “Customs and Border Protection remains committed to facilitating lawful trade while identifying consumer goods that violate U.S. laws or illicit products that can potentially harm our nation’s citizens,” CBP director Casey Durst said. ,
    Individuals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border will be subject to secondary inspections after a survey of people crossing the border found 60% of trips were nonessential, a local NBC affiliate reported. The survey was reportedly given to 100,000 U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and found that over 60% of the trips made were considered non-essential, NBC San Diego reported. To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented new measures to restrict non-essential travel across the borders, according to the outlet. “In response to the health crisis and to protect communities by the border, CBP is taking measures to discourage non-essential border crossing to and from Mexico,” CBP said in a statement, NBC San Diego reported. “It is our duty to do everything we can to protect our nation, including educating citizens and even discouraging non-essential travel to Mexico.” TRAVEL ALERT: The temporary restriction on non-essential travel at US land border ports of entry remains in effect. Essential travel and trade continue unimpeded. Essential travel includes, but is not limited to: pic.twitter.com/EKrlaX7knF — CBP (@CBP)...
    EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Tuesday that officers working at the Ysleta port of entry in El Paso seized approximately 158 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Friday evening disguised as bottled water. According to a press release by the agency, the seizure was made just after 7:00 p.m. when an 18-year-old U.S. male arrived as a pedestrian from Mexico. These might look like ordinary water bottles, but @CBP agriculture specialists discovered they were filled with liquid meth. In all, 120 bottles contained 155lbs of the dangerous drug. Great stop by CBP ag specialists in El Paso, TX! pic.twitter.com/O8huMCmIA5— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) August 18, 2020 “The teenager declared three cases of bottled water,” the agency’s press release stated. “CBP officers selected the man for a secondary exam.” The agency reported that a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the presence of narcotics. CBP officials said an X-ray scan of the bottled water, conducted by a CBP agriculture specialist, revealed dense liquid in the water bottles. “The liquid tested positive for methamphetamine,” CBP said in a press...
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