TEXAS – 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 and sex trafficking of children and adults, unaccompanied children, and illegal immigrant crossings, including child molesters, convicted criminals, murderers, gang members, where they come from, we need 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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information, 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, 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 help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 1-800-863-9382 or contacting their website at http://www.cbp.gov.
TEXAS BORDER APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES
|APPREHENSIONS & SEIZURES
(*Excluding narcotics. For narcotics, see table below)
|TOTAL ARRESTS/APPREHENSIONS||368 – ADULTS
7 – U.S. CITIZENS
|SEX OFFENDERS (Previously Convicted or outstanding warrant)||3 – SEX CRIMES AGAINST CHILD(REN)
|GANG MEMBER(S) ARRESTED
||1- COMMERCIAL SHIPMENT OF MARBLE LAMP
1- SHIPMENT OF OVER 100,000 OF COUNTERFEIT 3M N95 SURGICAL MASKS DESTINED FOR A HOSPITAL ON THE EAST COAST WITH AN MSRP OF $600,480
1- SHIPMENT OF ROLLS OF CARPET
1- BOX TRUCK
1- COMMERCIAL PASSENGER BUS
1- UTILITY TRUCK
1- FLATBED TRAILER
3- TRACTOR TRAILERS
15- PASSENGER VEHICLES
**- $100,350 IN UNDECLARED U.S. CURRENCY
|COUNTRIES OF APPREHENSIONS
(Home countries of those apprehended/arrested) (USC: United States Citizen)
|DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, NICARAGUA & UNITED STATES
*PLEASE NOTE: It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000 over the 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.
APPREHENSIONS WITH PREVIOUS U.S. CONVICTIONS
|HOME COUNTRY & NAME||CONVICTION(S) OR ALLEGED
|LOCATION OF CRIME||SENTENCE OR OUTSTANDING WARRANT|
AMNER RODOLFO LOPEZ,
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A MINOR AND INDECENCY EXPOSURE.
ARREST FOR RAPE AND UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT
|YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD
TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT
CRISTO AUDIFAS PEREZ
FIRST-DEGREE FELONY CHARGE WAS ISSUED FOR AN INCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON OCT. 31, 2020 WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY BRANDISHED A WEAPON AND ASSAULTED A MAN, CAUSING BODILY HARM.
|FORT WORTH, TEXAS||
NOTE: CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS. DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.
*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection
WEEKLY NARCOTIC SEIZURES
|TYPE OF NARCOTIC||WEIGHT||STREET VALUE|
|HEROIN (Black Tar)
*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, The totals below are an estimate of what was reported by Customs and Border Protection in pounds and street prices. Street prices are determined by the purity and quality of the specific drug seized.
CBP Officers Seize Over $2.8 Million in Narcotics at the Laredo Port of Entry
Friday, December 11, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Laredo Port of Entry seized narcotics valued at over $2.8…
Laredo Sector Border Patrol and Multiple Agencies Shuts Down Stash House
Friday, December 11, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Working together with Homeland Security Investigations and Webb County Constables Precinct 2 deputies, Laredo…
Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $618K in Narcotics in Three Seizures
Friday, December 11, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted alleged narcotics in three separate…
CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Arrests Fugitive Wanted on Aggravated Assault Charges
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested Cristo Audifas Perez as he…
CBP Officers Seize Over $1 Million in Methamphetamine at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | EAGLE PASS, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry seized hard narcotics valued at…
Laredo Sector Border Patrol and Duval County Sheriff’s Department Impede Human Smuggling Attempt
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Working together, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Freer Station and Duval County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO)…
Laredo Sector Border Patrol Prevents Human Smuggling Event in Flatbed Trailer
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station intercepted a dangerous human smuggling attempt…
Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $284K in Cocaine and $100K in Unreported U.S. Currency
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Veterans International Bridge Port of Entry seized $100,350 in bulk…
ICE, CBP seize more than 100,000 counterfeit surgical masks intended for hospital workers
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | EL PASO, Texas – On Dec. 3, CBP officers at the Ysleta Cargo Facility initially intercepted the shipment of 100,080…
Utility Truck Used to Smuggle Illegal Aliens
Monday, December 7, 2020 | FALFURRIAS, Texas – Friday evening at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, a…
Border Patrol Arrests 29 People in Multiple Human Smuggling events in the RGV
Monday, December 7, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – Over the Weekend, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Border Patrol agents disrupt a series of human smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest…
Criminal Aliens Apprehended in the RGV
Monday, December 7, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents arrest three sex offenders and a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member over the weekend…
Border Patrol Apprehends Over 200 Individuals Being Smuggled in Commercial Trailers
Monday, December 7, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – In spite of the dangers, Border Patrol agents from two checkpoints apprehended large numbers of individuals…
CBP Officers Discover Undeclared Reptiles at Hidalgo International Bridge
Monday, December 7, 2020 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge made an unusual discovery this past…
Stash House Shut Down In a Joint Law Enforcement Action
Monday, December 7, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Acting on information received of suspicious activity at a residence, U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security…
CBP Officers Seize Over $900K in Hard Narcotics at the Laredo Port of Entry
Monday, December 7, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Laredo Port of Entry seized hard narcotics valued at over…