• ‘El Chapo’ Guzman associate who testified against the kingpin sentenced to 84 months in prison

    (CNN) — Tirso Martinez Sanchez, a former associate of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman whose testimony helped convict the drug kingpin, was sentenced to 84 months in prison — about seven years — in Brooklyn federal court Thursday. Martinez Sanchez, 53, was part of a chorus of colorful government cooperators who took the stand during the 2 1/2-month trial […]

  • Longest-ever smuggling tunnel found on Southwest border

    U.S. authorities this week announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area. The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Man Suspected of Smuggling Almost 150 Pounds of Meth into County

    A 55-year-old man allegedly caught hauling close to 150 pounds of methamphetamine in his pickup truck near Temecula was being held Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail. Robert Park Walker was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents after he was stopped along northbound Interstate 15, leaving San Diego County and just entering Riverside County. […]

  • Nearly 4 tons of weed discovered inside a shipment of jalapeños

    A shipment of jalapeños from Mexico to the US proved to be carrying more than just a spicy kick when Border Patrol agents found nearly 4 tons of marijuana hidden in the cargo. The discovery was made Thursday when a truck driver was flagged for a secondary inspection at the Otay Mesa border crossing in […]

  • 43 bales of pot worth $1 million found floating near Catalina Island

    U.S. Coast Guard officers found 43 bales of marijuana, worth about $1 million, floating in the ocean near Catalina Island, authorities said in a news release Wednesday. Law enforcement responded to the area after a caller on Tuesday reported seeing multiple bales of what appeared to be narcotics, the Coast Guard said. Officers arrived to […]

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