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Girls Rescued from Alleged Sex Slavery Ring 100 Miles from Border

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HOUSTON, Texas — A group of four young women were found with 11 men in the desert brush east of Falfurrias, Texas. The rescue of these potential human trafficking victims occurred over 100 miles from the Texas/Mexico border that is supposedly secured by Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers and now, the Texas National Guard. The rescue of these potential victims was accomplished by members of the Border Patrol and Brooks County Sheriff’s Deputies.


The group had been dropped off by smugglers south of the Border Patrol checkpoint located thirteen miles south of the city of Falfurrias. It is estimated the group hiked for at least three days in the 100+ degree heat before being found by law enforcement. Brooks County Deputy Daniel Walden assisted Border Patrol Agents who tracked down the group with the assistance of a Border Patrol helicopter that participated in the search.


Walden is an expert in human trafficking and teaches classes on the subject to police officers across the state of Texas. “These four young women all appeared to be minors,” Walden said. “They were all very attractive young women and appeared to be very typical of those found as victims in human trafficking operations.”

It is not known where the women were from. Nor is it known if they made any outcry statements to Border Patrol agents.

The search for this group was carried on throughout the night and concluded about sunrise when it was determined the entire group had been captured.

“It was a very long march for them,” Walden said. “They walked all the way from south of the checkpoint to Highway 285 east of Falfurrias. That appears to be about a twenty mile hike.”

“They seemed very surprised to see us,” he stated.

Walden is a non-paid deputy with the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office.  He formed a non-profit group called the Border Brotherhood of Texas, a group of certified peace officers who have come to help patrol Brooks County because the county can only afford one paid deputy per shift. These peace officers drive over 100 miles to come work at least two 12-hour shifts per month with no pay. A Facebook page has been set up for the group where readers can learn more about their activities and fund raising efforts. A PayPal account has also be set up for anyone who might to help this battle on the front lines of our illegal immigration and border security battle. While Brooks County is not a border county, the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint gives Brooks all the problems of a border county with none of the funds border counties receive to help their law enforcement efforts.



Tijuana cop to face U.S. federal court after heroin, meth arrest

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April 2, 2014

(CNN) — A Tijuana, Mexico, police officer will appear in a U.S. federal court next week after being arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute almost 20 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine.

Noe Raygoza-Garcia, 33, was indicted Thursday and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, but because of “documentary snafu” was never transported from a prison in San Bernandino, California, said Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo DiCesare. Raygoza-Garcia’s arraignment was rescheduled to April 9.

A Tijuana, Mexico, police officer was arrested in California with almost 20 pounds of drugs, authorities say.
A Tijuana, Mexico, police officer was arrested in California

According to an affidavit from U.S. Border Patrol agent Kevin Legg, authorities were conducting anti-smuggling operations on March 17 in Fallbrook, California. They were monitoring Interstate 15, a popular smuggling route, about 70 miles north of the Mexican border when Raygoza-Garcia passed in a red Dodge Neon.

“As the vehicle approached, the agents immediately noticed that the vehicle reduced its speed drastically,” forcing cars behind it to go around, the affidavit said.

The Border Patrol agents pulled alongside the car and noticed a single key in the ignition, which can be a sign that a car contains contraband, the affidavit said.

The agents dropped about 10 car lengths behind the Neon, according to the affidavit, and noticed the driver cross over the dividing line.

“The agents believed that (Raygoza-Garcia) was fixated on the position of the marked service vehicle behind (him) instead of focusing on the road ahead of him,” the affidavit said.

The agents pulled closer to the Neon and noticed the driver was driving 45 to 50 mph, “well below the posted speed limit,” and Raygoza-Garcia “appeared to be gripping the steering wheel very tightly” when he passed a Riverside County police vehicle.

Using their laptop to check the vehicle, authorities learned it had crossed into the United States that morning. At the border, records showed, the driver was Eduardo Guadalupe Sanchez-Hernandez, who did not look like Raygoza-Garcia, the affidavit said.

They pulled over the vehicle, and when Raygoza-Garcia exited the vehicle, he “nearly fell to the ground and was shaking excessively,” according to the affidavit. He told the agents he had a valid visa and was nervous about being pulled over, the affidavit said.

Raygoza-Garcia further told agents that he was going to San Bernandino to visit his dying uncle, but when asked the location, he said he didn’t know, according to the affidavit. He also told agents that he had driven the car over the border himself and that the vehicle belonged to his friend, whom he knew only as “Eduardo,” the affidavit said.

When agents told Raygoza-Garcia that records showed he had crossed the border as a pedestrian, he “started pacing and they noticed a change in the tone of his voice,” the affidavit said.

He then recanted his story and said he borrowed his friend’s car after crossing the border. He said he didn’t know why he hadn’t crossed with his friend, the affidavit said.

Asked if there was anything illegal in the car, Raygoza-Garcia said he didn’t know and gave the agents permission to search it using a dog, the affidavit said. The dog indicated there were drugs in the car.

In the glove compartment, agents found a socket with a star-shaped pattern matching bolts in the rear seat area. They removed the backrest, where they found “bundles of narcotics,” six square packages and five “misshapen, non-compressed packages,” according to the affidavit.

The square ones tested positive for heroin and the misshapen ones tested positive for methamphetamine, the agents said in an affidavit.

The indictment says Raygoza-Garcia was charged with possessing 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of heroin and 2.8 kilograms (6.2 pounds) of methamphetamine.

Raygoza-Garcia’s court-appointed federal public defender did not immediately return calls from CNN. Raygoza-Garcia is being held without bond and faces a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum penalty of life in prison if found guilty of possession with intent to distribute.

Imperial Valley CBP Officers Intercept $230,000 Worth of Cocaine, Methamphetamine

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01 April 2014

Imperial Valley, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Imperial Valley ports of entry over the weekend intercepted approximately $230,000 worth of methamphetamine and cocaine in two separate seizures.

The first incident occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, when CBP officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry encountered a U.S. citizen applying for admission at the pedestrian area carrying a wooden cot inside a suitcase. Officers escorted the 21-year-old male to a secure area to conduct a further examination.

CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the cot. An intensive search led officers to the discovery of 11 wrapped packages containing more than three pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the wooden frame of the cot.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of almost $41,000 and the methamphetamine is worth approximately $74,000.

The man, a resident of Chicago, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Later that day, the second incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m., when CBP officers at the Andrade port of entry encountered a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen. The driver and the vehicle were referred for an in-depth examination.

During the inspection, a CBP canine team screened the Volkswagen and received a positive alert from the detector dog. An intensive examination revealed 14 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed in both rear doors of the vehicle.

The narcotics weighed approximately 18 pounds with an estimated street value of $115,000.

The man, a resident of Los Algodones, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the driver, to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.

In both events, CBP seized the vehicles and the narcotics.



Valley Police Beat: Car with dashboard full of marijuana, 25 pounds of meth stopped at border

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Fri Mar 28, 2014

CALEXICO- Customs and Border Protection officers stopped two suspected drug smugglers with about $44,000 worth of marijuana in one vehicle and $164,000 worth of methamphetamine in another at the Calexico ports of entry Wednesday.

In the first incident around 8 a.m., Mexican citizen Elizabeth Garcia de Mendoza, 43, approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry driving a 2001 Ford Windstar and said she was going to the Las Palmas swap meet, according to the court complaint.

98 pounds of marijuana

A detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s dashboard and CBP officers then found 40 packages containing 98 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle. The marijuana has an estimated street value of about $44,000.

Garcia de Mendoza said she had replied to a newspaper ad to take care of an elderly woman and when she met the employer, he proposed that she transport bulk cash from Los Angeles to Mexicali for a fee of $250 to $350 a trip, according to the complaint.

She was supposed to drop off the vehicle and the man’s aunt someplace while the cash was put into the vehicle and then return to Mexicali with the aunt.

“Garcia de Mendoza stated she knew this was illegal, but did not know anything about the drugs that were concealed in the vehicle,” according to the complaint. “She stated she had only anticipated couriering money.”

In the second incident, U.S. citizen Luis Ricardo Esparza, 25, approached the Calexico East Port of Entry driving a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. A CBP canine detector dog alerted to the vehicle, and Esparza was referred to secondary inspection.

Officers then found 15 packages in the vehicle’s rocker panels and bumper upon further inspection. The packages contained 25.60 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $164,000.

Esparza denied knowing there was methamphetamine in his vehicle but “did admit that the purpose of the trip was to obtain and transport drug proceeds into Mexico,” according to the court complaint.

“Esparza admitted to previously receiving and transporting $29,000 in drug proceeds into Mexico that originated from Indianapolis,” the complaint reads.

Both drivers were arrested and turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations for further processing. CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.



CBP seizes methamphetamine at El Paso port of entry

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Mar 27, 2014

EL PASO, TexasJust over 6 pounds of methamphetamine was seized at the Paso Del Norte bridge on Wednesday night by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents.

The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $195,200.

“This seizure was the result of an enforcement sweep of the cars waiting in line to enter the U.S. from Mexico,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This has been a very effective method for CBP to quickly screen multiple vehicles and identify drug loads without disrupting the flow of legitimate trade and travel.”

CBP drug sniffing dog “Shake” alerted agents to the drugs hidden under the truck, according to CBP officials.

CBP officers arrested the driver, 30-year-old Daniel Anaya of El Paso. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

In addition to the methamphetamine seizure area CBP officers on Wednesday seized 386 pounds of marijuana in four seizures, collected $250 in civil penalties and seized apples, oranges, avocados and potatoes in a pair of agricultural smuggling cases, and assessed $12,500 in penalties for five vehicle export violations.



7 die in southern Chihuahua

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 March 26, 2014

Seven individuals were killed or were found dead in ongoing drug and gang related violence in southern Chihuahua state, according to Mexican news accounts.

In Bocoyna municipality last Friday four unidentified men in their 30s and 40s were found shot to death.

According to a news report which appeared in the online edition of El Diario de Chihuahua news daily, the victims were found near the break between the villages of Cienega de Huacayvo and Tayarachi, near the San Isidro River.

All four had been shot to death and all had been left in the location long enough to be partially consumed by vermin.

Three others were killed in southern Chihuahua state.

Two men were found shot to death in Parral Sunday night, according to a news account in El Diario de Chihuahua.

Sergio Ubaldo Rodriguez Herrera, 18, and Jesus Manuel Herrera Salcido, 24, were found inside a Ford Mustang sedan parked on Calle Martires 3 de Mayo in Emiliano Zapata colony.

The victims were apparently sitting in the vehicle drinking when armed suspects shot and killed them.

Meanwhile, Wednesday, a man in Guadalupe y Calvo municipality was found shot to death.

Aurelio Corral Ponce, 56, was found near the Restaurante Doña Cuca in Guadalupe y Calvo municipality, bound hand and foot, and shot three times. The news report which appeared in El Sol de Parral news daily, said an AK-47 rifle was used in the killing.

Officials: $18,000 in meth found in teen’s underwear at Mexico border

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A teenage girl was arrested Tuesday in Nogales after authorities found over a pound of methamphetamine in her undergarments, according to a statement of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officers selected the 17-year-old resident of Nogales, Mexico, for additional inspection when she applied for entry to the United States through the Port of Nogales.

Meth found in teen's underwear

A search of the teenager revealed a package of methamphetamine near her crotch area, according to Marcia Armendariz, an agency spokeswoman.

Armendariz said officers seized nearly $18,000 worth of drugs and turned the teenager over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last week, a 38-year-old Mexican national was arrested at the Port of Nogales after border officials said they found more than five pounds of heroin in her undergarments.

The woman was trying to drive into the U.S. with two packages of heroin in her bra and two more in her underwear, according to agents. The drugs were estimated to be worth more than $67,000.




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