US Customs and Border Protection made a large bust of “hard narcotics” in the Hidalgo, Texas region of the border. The smugglers attempted to bring their illicit goods across the Reynosa International Bridge in a 2007 Honda Accord. Non-intrusive imaging equipment utilized in a secondary examination of the vehicle revealed that the gas tank had suspicious packaging inside of it.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two men in connection with a failed drug-smuggling attempt of alleged methamphetamine and heroin worth $1,298,000.
“I commend our frontline officers for their hard work and exceptional dedication to the CBP mission in helping keep dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “These interceptions of hard narcotics are indicative of the resiliency displayed by our officers every day, as they conduct daily operations.”
On Nov. 10, 2020, a CBP officer assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a 2007 Honda Accord for further inspection. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment along with all available tools and resources as part of the secondary examination allowed the officers to discover that the vehicle’s gas tank contained hidden suspected narcotics. The extraction process produced 12 packages of alleged heroin weighing 27.34 pounds (12.40 kg) and bulk alleged methamphetamine weighing 33.90 pounds (15.38 kg). The street value of the narcotics is $620,000 and $678,000, respectively.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested two men, (21) and (23), both U.S. citizens from McAllen and Hidalgo, Texas. They were turned over to the custody of agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
In a period of just over 30 hours, numerous human smuggling events were intercepted throughout the Laredo Sector’s area of operations that resulted in the arrest of over 100 individuals who were illegally in the United States.
The incidents cover a timeframe between the very early morning hours of October 21 through the mid-morning of October 22. The incidents involved the disruption of multiple stash houses, vehicle stops, checkpoint operations including commercial vehicles, train check operations, brush cases, vehicle bailouts, and the recovery of a stolen vehicle which was turned over to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office. A total of 106 individuals from various countries were taken into custody during this timeframe in nine separate smuggling attempts and four instances in which several individuals were abandoned in the brush by their smugglers.
The recklessness of many of these events highlight the lack of regard human smugglers have for the safety and wellbeing of the people they exploit for profit. In the stash house and load vehicle cases, people were crammed into small confined spaces in large groups without any personal protective equipment, exposing them to the potential spread of COVID-19 infection. In many of the load vehicles encountered, failures to yield followed by bailouts were commonplace. In these stops, people were found piled on top of one another in attempts to conceal them in the vehicles. One such vehicle was stopped on U.S. Highway 83, north of San Ysidro, Texas. Agents discovered 16 individuals packed so tightly that some at the bottom of the pile were having difficulty breathing. They immediately asked for assistance due to the high temperatures in the vehicle and lack of water.
In another incident north of Cotulla, Texas, 19 individuals were apprehended on a freight train. Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak said in a statement, “We continue to see smugglers put the lives of illegal aliens at risk, whether it be through the use of commercial vehicles, freight trains, or other dangerous conveyances. Our agents have seen aliens sustain major traumatic injuries from trains. I hope smugglers and aliens recognize how dangerous this is before someone loses their life or is severely injured.”
Ninety-two of the 106 individuals were from Mexico. The other 14 were from the countries of Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, and El Salvador. The U.S. Border Patrol encourages the public to take a stand for our communities and help us by reporting crimes and suspicious behavior. Together we can make our nation a safer place and people’s lives can be saved. Additionally, we can bring callous smugglers to justice by prosecuting accordingly. The agents of the Laredo Sector will remain dedicated to the agency’s Core Values of Vigilance, Service, and Integrity.
Convicted sex offender attempts to re-enter country in Arizona
Israel Chaj-Matul was arrested as part of a roundup of 13 illegal aliens who attempted to enter the country through Arizona. During processing, Chaj-Matul was revealed to be a registered sex offender in Florida who was found guilty in 2015 for sex offense crimes involving a minor.
The other 12 individuals who were detained attempting to enter the country were sent back over the border. For his part, Chaj-Matul will be federally prosecuted.
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a registered sex offender after he illegally re-entered the country southwest of Sells, Arizona, Tuesday morning.
Tucson Sector agents patrolling remote trails on the Tohono O’odham Nation detected, tracked and arrested a group of 13 illegal aliens that entered the United States illegally through the desert. The group consisted of men, women and juveniles from Guatemala and Mexico.
While processing the group, agents learned one Guatemalan man, 38-year-old Israel Chaj-Matul, was a registered sex offender in Florida. Records revealed that Chaj-Matul was arrested in 2015 in Dade County and found guilty of sexual offenses against a child.
Chaj-Matul will be federally prosecuted for re-entry of a previously removed felon.
The other people encountered in the incident were expelled from the country under Title 42 authority.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol arrested two other previously removed sex offenders, both Mexican nationals, earlier in the week. Both men were presented for criminal prosecution.
All people apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has ordered her department to immediately stop making arrests for a number of criminal offenses during the coronavirus outbreak.
The United States faces an unprecedented crisis and city officials throughout the country are struggling to formulate a response strategy that will be effective in containing the spread of the disease. Philly has opted to forgo arrests and prosecution until a return to normalcy arrives.
Crimes including theft, burglary, prostitution, stolen automobiles, narcotics, and vandalism will no longer result in arrests and detention. Instead, officers will identify suspects, file paperwork, and if the case is approved by the city’s prosecutor, Larry Krasner, a warrant may be issued for the individual in the future once the pandemic has subsided. Until that time comes, however, the criminal will be released back into the public.
The memo does provide some breathing room for officers who are particularly concerned about a suspect posing a safety risk to the community:
“If an officer believes that releasing the offender would pose a threat to public safety, the officer will notify a supervisor, who will review the totality of the circumstances and utilize discretion, in the interest of public safety, in determining the appropriate course of action,” Outlaw’s memo reads.
Yesterday, DA Krasner called on the city to modify their arrest policies until the viral outbreak could be contained.
There are 96 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania and 18 in the city of Philadelphia at the time of this report.
The Mexican National Guard is reportedly on the look out for five Iranians who are allegedly attempting to gain entry into the United States. Mexican officials have have been warned by their American counterparts that within the next 48 hours, the individuals in question will attempt to cross the border into the United States with the intention of detonating a bomb.
Four males and one female, the latter believed to be the suicide bomber
Mexican authorities have confirmed to the Mexican publication Noticias Zona de Medios Globales that a liaison from the Arizona Customs and Border Protection Office notified them of the potential threat:
In the message, where César Duarte, border patrol liaison of Yuma Arizona, reports that they have received “credible information that in the next 48 hours they will attempt to cross five suicide bombers from the Middle East, on the side of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora or Mexicali. ” According to the audio “it’s about four men and a 10-9”.
María Elena Andrade Ramírez, director of municipal Public Security, endorsed the version by stating that the Arizona Customs and Border Protection Office alerted them to the presence of Iranians, which is why the operation was activated.
The alert was issued a few days ago by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and largely ignored by the American and Mexican mainstream media. Only a few conservative media outlets in the U.S. reported about the warning after one obtained a DHS document outlining the threat. The document, issued by the Border Patrol’s regional intelligence operation center in Arizona, says that a Guatemalan national may try to smuggle five Middle Easterners—including a suicide bomber—into the U.S. through Mexico. The smuggler and four other men and a woman transited through Guatemala and Belize before reaching Veracruz, Mexico, according to the bulletin. The Guatemalan, whose name is redacted in the government document, was deported from California a year ago. The Spanish-language article linked above elaborates that American intelligence officials received the threat after picking up recordings distributed via social media. A Mexicali news story cites Mexican authorities downplaying the situation by assuring citizens that the arrival of people from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the rest of the Americas is “something normal.”
While much of the nation was focused on the ongoing impeachment charade, Congress pushed through an omnibus spending bill that will grant amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for thousands of illegal aliens. The president intends to sign that bill, but its unclear if he’s even aware of what is inside it.
The bill, the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, is an omnibus spending bill manipulatively named to prevent conservative voters from understanding the full breadth of what is included. Taken at face value, by its title alone, the bill would appear to strictly deal with funding our military budget. Unfortunately, that’s not the full picture.
Tucked inside the bill, in a passage included by Democrat senators Tina Smith of Minnesota and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, is an amnesty package which provides Liberians who have been in the country illegally since 2014 eligibility to apply for green cards and citizenship. More troubling is the fact that Senator Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho, seems to have played a role in slipping this pathway to citizenship into the bill.
Last week, Trump took to Twitter to proclaim that he would sign the “defense funding” bill, but the White House has remained silent about their views on the amnesty provision. It’s unclear whether the president is aware of the pathway to citizenship for Liberian illegals, or if he simply is willing sign this bill regardless.
In the early 1990s, thousands of Liberian “visitors” found themselves in a bit of a predicament: their homeland was in the midst of a civil war. Legally, all of these people subject to deportation and had overstayed visas that forbid them from working.
Many of these visitors arrived in a dishonest fashion, knowing full well they were skirting the refugee and asylum process, admitting to looking for work while their papers had them listed as taking a vacation.
In the interest of responding fairly to those struggling with a humanitarian crisis, the Immigration Act of 1990 created a special designation now known as “Temporary Protected Status”.
While both the civil war and Ebola crisis have since ended in Liberia, thousands of Liberians remain in the United States. President Trump has pushed for their removal on numerous occasions and he has repeatedly relented and extended their protection status.
Once he signs this bill, they’ll be living here permanently. Are you tired of winning yet?
According to a report from the Associated Press, immigration attorneys are very concerned about immigrants taking up jobs in the recreational marijuana industry. They’re advising immigrants to avoid taking jobs in anything related to the commercial sale of cannabis.
This January, Illinois will become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, but immigration lawyers are warning immigrants not to work in the industry since the drug is still federally banned as a scheduled narcotic.
If an immigrant is caught working at one of these farms, distributors, or establishments, they open themselves up for a deportation.
AP had this to say:
“Unwary immigrants and non-citizens … can sort of feel like this is a trap because they don’t think that they’ve done anything illegal or anything that will trigger negative immigration consequences,” Kathleen Vannucci, a Chicago representative of the American Association of Immigration Lawyers, said at a news conference.
Legal immigrants elsewhere, including in Colorado, have been denied citizenship because of marijuana-related work.
The Illinois law also expunges criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, but those expungements won’t help immigration cases, experts said.
The National Immigrant Justice Center and others advised non-citizens not to partake, admit use or carry documentation such as a receipt, because it could hurt their cases. They extended the warning to U.S. citizens who live in mixed status households for the same reason.
Please note: The Nationalist Review is largely against the legalization of marijuana but pragmatically supports the decriminalization of possession of small amountsfor personal useand fully supports the expansion of medical marijuana.We have one contributor who fully supports legalization.
It has long been rumored that three sophisticated narco syndicates have been utilizing submersible technology to cross the Atlantic Ocean and deliver drugs from South America to Europe. While it is widely known that these groups have been using submarines to transport drugs to the United States, never before have they been caught making the transatlantic journey. Now, one has been finally nabbed, its cargo seized, and its crew arrested by Spanish authorities. That makes this story one for the ages.
In the culmination of a multi-year investigation conducted in coordination between American, Spanish and Europol law enforcement officers, thousands of pounds of narcotics, the all of which came from South America, have been seized by authorities. The operation was dubbed “Marea Negra” or “Black Tide”.
Since the discovery on 24 November, much attention has been paid to tracing the origin of the craft. It can now be announced that the submarine was manufactured in Guyana at the behest of a Colombian cartel, and from there it was loaded up and began its journey across the Atlantic. The Medellín cartel is the most likely culprit behind this affair and has enjoyed a decades-long presence in Spain.
This is historic news: a 65-foot submarine, carrying 6,600 lbs of narcotics and three Ecuadorian drug smugglers, was captured by Spanish authorities off the coast of Galicia. This is the first time that a submersible system has been found by authorities in Europe.
Authorities estimate that cartels have produced roughly 1,000 of these submarines and that only three groups have the resources to fund them.
Since the capture of the cartel vessel, six individuals have been arrested by the Spanish police. The Ecuadorian crew members that made the perilous journey were the first to be caught and just the other day three operatives coordinating distribution on the ground in Spain were also detained.
HUGE PROFITS: a kilo of cocaine in Spain has a street value of $45,000
Our American Drug Enforcement Agency has been working alongside the Spanish Brigada Central de Estupefacientes (Central Narcotic Brigade) ever since the cartel presence was first detected in Europe some 35 years ago.
The Medellín cartel is content with watching shipments like these being caught due to the high markup on cocaine trafficked abroad. A single kilo can sell for roughly $45,000 in Europe, whereas it would retail for only half that in the United States. Production costs are even lower: traffickers pay just $900 per kilo for the unrefined coca paste.
With the recent Colombian peace process finalized earlier this year, farmers have expanded their cultivation of coca leaf by hundreds of thousands of acres. With the increased supply now saturating the markets on the American hemisphere, cartels will continue to seek out demand.
Not the first submarine, just the first one caught
This likely isn’t the first time that narcotics have made their way to Europe in this manner. Spanish publication El Paishad this to say:
Losada said the narco-submarine had the “fuel capacity to cross an ocean with this type of cargo,” and warned: “Drug traffickers are continuing to introduce drugs into Europe using any type of vessel, like this submersible.” The vessel has been transported to the port of Aldán, which is home to 26,000 people. The narco-submarine was refloated with the help of two small fishing ships. The efforts to raise the sub had faced several setbacks including bad weather and the fact that two of the ropes that divers had attached to the vessel broke while it was being towed to port.
Legend becomes reality. Since 2006, officers had been hearing about drug-laden semi-submersibles making the trip to Spain and Africa. But no one had ever caught one. This is the first narco-submarine to be captured in Europe. “No one had seen anything like it before, not even the Colombians,” said sources close to the investigation. The investigation was opened following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which was then pursued by the National Police, Civil Guard and SVA. It’s now known that the sub was made in a secret shipyard in the jungles of Suriname or Guyana, specifically to carry the cocaine shipment from Colombia to Galicia.
Earlier this week, it was announced that 1,400 lbs of crystal meth were also recovered from a warehouse in Barcelona—the largest seizure of methamphetamine ever made by Spanish authorities.