• Four Charged with Smuggling Drugs via Experimental Craft Near Salton Sea

    Four men accused of conspiring in an operation that involved using an ultralight aircraft to smuggle nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine into Riverside County from Mexico are facing federal drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Victor Bugarin Perez, 28, of Mecca, Mexican nationals Juan Favela Paredez, 25, and Juan Carlos Iturriaga Centeno, […]

  • ICE arrests dropped in the past year amid southern border crisis

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests dropped this year as resources and attention were diverted to the surge of migrants arriving at the southern border, according to newly released data. ICE made around 143,000 arrests in fiscal year 2019, down around 10% from nearly 159,000 arrests the previous fiscal year, which starts on October 1 and runs through […]

  • Border Patrol Arrests Convicted Sex Offender

    U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a previously deported sex offender Saturday morning. The incident occurred at around 12:15 a.m., when agents assigned to the Calexico Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately three miles east of the Calexico Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested […]

  • Border Patrol Arrests Two Narcotic Body Carriers

    El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested two subjects attempting to smuggle narcotics on their bodies on Friday morning. The incident occurred at approximately 10:15 a.m., when a 63-year-old man driving a 2019 red Toyota Corolla with two juvenile female passengers approached the checkpoint.  A Border Patrol canine […]

  • Guatemalan boy who died in federal custody was on the floor for hours before anyone found him, video shows

    A sick Guatemalan boy who died in government custody was lying on the floor for hours before someone found him dead, a video first obtained by ProPublica shows. The boy, identified by a US Customs and Border Protection official as Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, 16, died on May 20 at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas, days after he crossed […]

  • Migrant families have sent roughly 135 children across the US-Mexico border alone, US government says

    Migrant families have sent approximately 135 children across the US-Mexico border alone after waiting in squalid and unsafe conditions in Mexico as a result of a Trump administration policy. The US Department of Health and Human Services told CNN it has identified approximately 135 children in their custody who previously arrived at the southern border with […]

  • Trump administration notifies owners it will survey land for border wall

    The Trump administration has sent letters to dozens of residences in California, New Mexico and Texas notifying owners that the government is going to survey their land for future border barriers, according to two US defense officials. “The Right of Entry letter grants the government permission to enter specified private lands to conduct environmental assessments, property […]

  • 16-year-old was arrested for using a remote-controlled car to smuggle drugs across the border, officials say

    A 16-year-old who allegedly used a remote-controlled car to attempt to smuggle methamphetamine across the US-Mexico border has been arrested by US Border Patrol agents, the agency announced Tuesday. The teenager, a US citizen, was arrested Sunday after agents spotted him carrying two large duffel bags and ducking in-and-out of an agent’s view, US Customs […]

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