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||176- ADULTS
1 – (UNITED STATES CITIZEN) UNACCOMPANIED JUVENILES(“SEVERAL” WERE MENTIONED, HOWEVER, THE EXACT NUMBER WAS NOT GIVEN)
(NOTE: Total included above, for more information, see below)
6- U.S. CITIZENS
|SEX OFFENDERS (Previously Convicted)||5- OVERALL TOTAL OF SEX OFFENDER
4- OF THE 6 WERE SEX CRIMES AGAINST A CHILD(REN) *MORE DETAILS BELOW
||1- SHIPMENT OF COUNTERFEIT FOOTWEAR, HANDBAGS, AND TEXTILES WORTH OVER $9.3 MILLION. LABELS INCLUDED CHANEL, GUCCI, LOUIS VUITTON, AND ADIDA’S YEEZY. THIS SHIPMENT OF COUNTERFEIT DESIGNER MERCHANDISE ORIGINATED IN CHINA AND WAS DESTINED FOR MCKINNEY, TEXAS.
1- .40 CALIBER FIREARM
$201,585 US CASH
|SEIZED PASSENGER VEHICLES||6|
|SEIZED COMMERCIAL VEHICLES||2- COMMERCIAL TRACTOR TRAILERS
|COUNTRIES OF APPREHENSIONS
(Home countries of those apprehended/arrested) (USC: United States Citizen)
|ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, NICARAGUA, MEXICO & 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
|CONVICTION(S) OR ALLEGED
|LOCATION OF CRIME||SENTENCE OR OUTSTANDING WARRANT|
EL SALVADORAN NATIONAL / EVER MORENO-ESPINAL – CONVICTED ON THE CHARGE OF RAPE OF A CHILD UNDER 17 YEARS OF AGE IN OCTOBER 2019
|SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK
||SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS PROBATION
MEXICAN NATIONAL / SAUL HERNANDEZ-CRUZ – CONVICTION FOR AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF AN ELDERLY OR DISABLED PERSON IN JANUARY 2016
SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS INCARCERATION.
MEXICAN NATIONAL / JOSE ALBERTO SANCHEZ-TOLEDO – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD
SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS’ PROBATION. RECORDS FURTHER REVEALED THAT A WARRANT HAD BEEN ISSUED FOR SANCHEZ-TOLEDO’S ARREST FOR A PROBATION VIOLATION STEMMING FROM THE CONVICTION.
MEXICAN NATIONAL / JUAN MALDONADO-MENDOZA – CONVICTED OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD.
|DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS INCARCERATION.
HONDURAN NATIONAL / LUIS BARTOLO PADILLA MATUTE – FOR THE RAPE OF A CHILD WITH FORCE
*As reported by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection
WEEKLY NARCOTIC SEIZURES
|TYPE OF NARCOTIC||WEIGHT||STREET VALUE|
*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 Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Seizes $1.2 Million in Hard Narcotics
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two men in connection with…
Laredo CBP Officers Apprehend Fugitive Sought for Child Rape
Friday, November 13, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry detained a wanted man with an outstanding warrant for the rape…
CBP Officers Seize $201,585 in Unreported Currency at the Roma Port of Entry
Friday, November 13, 2020 | ROMA, Texas —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Roma Port of Entry recently seized more than $200,000 in unreported currency concealed…
Human Smuggling Attempts Result in 102 Apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – In 24 hours, Rio Grande Valley agents foiled four human smuggling attempts, arresting 102 illegal aliens.
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Seizes Over $1M of Dangerous Narcotics
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | EDINBURG, Texas – Tuesday evening, Rio Grande City (RGC) agents working in La Grulla,…
Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Felon in the Rio Grande Valley
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | MISSION, Texas – Arrest of a Mexican national in Mission, Texas, leads to the identification of a sexual predator.
Criminal Aliens Arrested Across Three Consecutive Days
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – United States Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector encountered dangerous criminal aliens with prior…
Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $195K Worth of Cocaine in Two Seizures
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted alleged narcotics in two separate…
Agents Halt an Attempt to Circumvent Border Patrol Checkpoints
Monday, November 9, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station halted a human smuggling attempt involving a vehicle…
Laredo CBP Officers Seize Narcotics Worth Over $3 Million
Monday, November 9, 2020 | LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge and World Trade Bridge…
CBP Announces Additional Partnerships for New and Expanded Services
Monday, November 9, 2020 | WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today 15 tentative selections for new reimbursable services agreements that will promote cross-…
CBP intercepts $9.3M in counterfeit designer merchandise
Monday, November 9, 2020 | DALLAS – The largest holiday shopping season is underway, and counterfeiters are eager to fool U.S. consumers into purchasing goods. U.S. Customs and Border…
Tenacity Yields the Arrest of a Large Group near Hebbronville
Monday, November 9, 2020 | LAREDO, TEXAS – United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station tracked footprints of a large group for…