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‘U.S. Customs And Border Protection In Action’ – Rescued 18 Illegal Aliens Trapped In Refrigerated Trailer (Mexico, Columbia, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala,Kosovo)

Rio Grande Valley Agents Rescue 18 Immigrants Trapped In Refrigerated Trailer

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 FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued 18 people from a locked tractor trailer at the Falfurrias Checkpoint early Wednesday morning.
Immigrants rescued from refrigerator trailer

The rescue occurred when the refrigerated tractor trailer was referred for secondary inspection after a K-9 alert. During inspection, Falfurrias agents discovered the immigrants concealed within produce with the temperature set at 51 degrees.

The immigrants had no means of escape from the trailer since it was locked on the outside. Agents had to use bolt cutters to remove the lock as the driver did not have a key.

The driver, a Mexican national, was arrested and referred for prosecution. The immigrants came from various countries to include Mexico, Columbia, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Kosovo and will be processed accordingly.

RGV Sector urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.


CBP Arrests Canadian With Marijuana Hidden In Spare Tire

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Rainbow Bridge arrested a Canadian citizen after discovering 11.48 lbs. of marijuana in the vehicle he was driving.

CBP officers at the Rainbow Bridge encountered Daniel Hancock, a 31 year old male Canadian citizen from Niagara Falls, Ontario, on May 2. The primary officer became suspicious of the driver and referred the vehicle for secondary inspection.

Marijuana hidden in spare tire
Marijuana hidden in spare tire

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded discovery of 11.48 lbs. of marijuana concealed in a spare tire. The value of the marijuana was estimated at approximately $28,700. The subject was arrested and the narcotics were seized.

“CBP officers are trained to identify indicators warranting further inspection of individuals arriving at the U.S. border,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Our officers are the first line of defense for this country, and interdicting narcotics is one of CBP’s critical responsibilities in securing and protecting the homeland.”

Niagara Falls Police Department officers took custody of the subject along with the illegal narcotics.


Agents Find 1,100 Lbs. of Marijuana Near Hiking Trail

TUCSON, Ariz. – Two Sonoita Station Border Patrol agents working near Patagonia found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $550,000, near a hiking trail Monday afternoon.

Sonoita agents discovered more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana along a hiking trail on Monday
Sonoita agents discovered more than
1,100 pounds of marijuana along a
hiking trail on Monday

Agents walking a known smuggling route south of Patagonia observed debris that appeared to have been deliberately placed in an effort to conceal something on the ground. Upon closer inspection, they discovered the debris was in fact covering 55 bundles of marijuana wrapped in cellophane.

Agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area for footprints or possible suspects. After determining the smugglers were no longer in the area, agents transported the drugs to the Sonoita Station for processing in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.


CBP Officers Intercept Exotic Bird Smuggler at LAX

 LOS ANGELES — On May 2, federal agents arrested a male U.S. citizen, resident of Fountain Valley after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and Agriculture Specialists discovered 50 live birds, and 43 dead birds concealed in his luggage when he arrived to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from Ho Chi Minh City on March 24. Soon after the seizure, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) confirmed that only eight birds survived.
CBP officers seized smuggled birds at LAX
CBP Officers at LAX intercepted a man,
who had 93 birds concealed in his baggage.
Only eight of the birds survived.

The suspect was arrested after FWS investigators determined that some of the birds were endangered species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The suspect is charged with smuggling goods into the United States, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

“CBP works closely with the Fish and Wildlife Service to make wildlife traffickers accountable for all violations of law. In this case, CBP’s unwavering commitment and proactive partnership actions with FWS investigators resulted in a decisive federal criminal complaint that led to the arrest and arraignment of the suspect,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.

CBP Officers referred the male passenger arriving from Vietnam for a routine agricultural inspection. During an X-ray screening of the passenger’s belongings, CBP Agriculture Specialists detected anomalies inside the baggage. Further inspection revealed numerous live birds concealed within the bags. Agents with the FWS were contacted and the birds were immediately placed into quarantine.

“I would like to commend the diligence and vigilance of our CBP Officers and Agriculture Specialists. Smuggling birds is especially dangerous due to the potential for exposure to the highly pathogenic avian influenza,” said Mitchell Merriam, Los Angeles Area Port Director. “It is the inter-agency partnership between CBP and FWS that helps counter and combat illegal wildlife trafficking.”

Eight birds survived the smuggling incident.
A man was arrested after investigators
determined that some of the birds
concealed in his baggage were endangered

“Importing certain illegal wildlife, such as these avian species, can not only introduce communicable animal diseases into the United States, but they can also pose a threat to our local ecosystem,” said Jill Birchell, FWS Special Agent in Charge

The suspect appeared before the judge yesterday and was released on bond. His next scheduled appearance is June 5. For more information contact Thom Mrozek at the United States Attorney’s Office,


CBP is responsible for inspecting all arriving and departing international passengers, and international mail to include conducting searches for narcotics, weapons, currency, agriculture, and other prohibited or illicit products.

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