High court affirms conviction for man who killed off-duty Border Patrol agent
The Texas Court of Criminal Criminal Appeals has affirmed the conviction of a 38-year-old La Villa man who is on death row for killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent in Willacy County in August 2014. The high court issued its opinion on Wednesday affirming Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval’s capital murder and attempted capital murder convictions. Tijerina-Sandoval and Hernandez-Vallejo opened fire on the family during an attempt to steal their vehicle. That person was threatening Tijerina-Sandoval, so he decided to try and steal a vehicle. Hernandez-Vallejo struck a plea deal with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to murder and attempted capital murder.myrgv.com
South Texas traffic stop turns into largest seized liquid fentanyl in US history
"Authorities seized the largest amount of liquid fentanyl in U.S. history," Chavez tweeted. "This lethal amount is enough to kill a population of 5.665 million people, which is two and half times the size of Houston."lmtonline.com
Over 80 people found in tractor-trailer on Thanksgiving Day
Border Patrol agents arrested a man on Thanksgiving Day after they found over 80 people inside a tractor trailer, hiding behind “decomposing” and “unrecognizable” produce. According to a criminal complaint, Lugo arrived at the Falfurrias checkpoint at about 2:25 a.m. Lugo told the agent he was hauling mixed produce, but couldn’t say which kind. Two juveniles from Guatemala told agents they were unaccompanied and weren’t able to provide identification. Lugo is set to appear before Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby for a preliminary examination and detention hearing on Dec. 1.myrgv.com
Man smuggling 2 Mexican women crashes into Roma home
A man crashed into a home near Roma on Tuesday and was arrested after Border Patrol initiated a vehicle pursuit after he picked up two women who had crossed the Rio Grande. Edgar Ivan Chavarria, who was born in 2003, is charged with smuggling of persons illegally present in the U.S. According to the criminal complaint, a Border Patrol agent camera operator observed a raft crossing the river near Roma and notified agents nearby that two subjects boarded a white, single cab Ford F-150 driving north away from the river. “An agent responded and observed the Ford F-150 driving north towards his direction and make a sudden right turn towards a residential area,” the complaint said. He added that he was there for 30 minutes before he left in the Ford truck, of which he claimed belonged to a friend, with two women he had just met.myrgv.com
Man arrested after trying to smuggle over 200 pounds of cocaine
Border Patrol agents discovered nearly 200 pounds of cocaine inside a tractor trailer at a checkpoint near Falfurrias on Sunday. According to a criminal complaint against him, Perez was visibly shaking when he arrived in a gray tractor-trailer about 6:40 p.m. Sunday. “A field test was conducted of the bundles which tested presumptive positive for cocaine.”According to the document, the bundles of cocaine weighed a total of 195 pounds. Perez told agents he was contacted on Nov. 8 to transport a tractor trailer to Atlanta, Georgia. After Perez provided agents the bill of ladings for the delivery, agents contacted the delivery company, Staff there said they were not aware of the delivery and that the documents appeared to be fictitious.myrgv.com
Mission couple arrested for using RVs as stash houses
Border Patrol arrested a Mission couple Monday after they admitted they rented out recreational vehicles to hide people who illegally entered the United States. Abundio Arriaga and his wife Sandra Guadalupe Lopez-Sauceda were arrested after being caught transporting eight people in two separate vehicles. During the surveillance, authorities saw several RVs parked on the property along with two other vehicles that were later seen leaving the area. Although Arriaga denied his involvement in smuggling attempts, he told authorities that he allowed people illegally in the country to live in the RVs on his property. At the time of the arrest, Arriaga admitted to traveling with one renter, Nino-Arita, while his wife was traveling with six other renters.myrgv.com
Customs and Border Protection chief Chris Magnus is asked to resign amid internal clash, official says
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the largest federal law enforcement agency, has struggled to respond to record levels of migrant encounters along the U.S.-Mexico border over the past year.cbsnews.com
Woman arrested for trying to smuggle a .50 caliber rifle into Mexico
A woman was arrested Monday after Border Patrol agents saw her vehicle approach a raft carrying two people along the Rio Grande and found a .50 caliber Barrett rifle inside. According to a criminal complaint, agents saw the raft as it docked near Weslaco and noticed a black Ford Edge on Military Highway approach the riverbank. Agents approached the vehicle and Santiago, the driver, agreed to a search, the complaint said. Santiago drove to Hidalgo County to pick up the rifle from another unnamed co-conspirator and then drove to the riverbank to transfer the rifle to someone else. Santiago admitted that she knew what she was doing was illegal and said she didn’t have a license to transport the weapon.myrgv.com
Border Patrol agent struck by migrant near Rio Grande City
A man from El Salvador was arrested Friday after allegedly striking a Border Patrol agent who was patrolling an area near Rio Grande City during a struggle, according to a criminal complaint. During the pursuit, the agent found Aguirre and grabbed him by the back of his shirt and they began to struggle, the complaint said. Aguirre allegedly struck the agent on the side of the head and both men fell to the ground. The agent then called for help. That was when Texas Military Department members stepped in to assist the agent and finally subdued and handcuffed Aguirre, the complaint said.myrgv.com
Woman arrested for trying to smuggle infant into US says she needed to save her kids
A Texas woman who was arrested Monday for attempting to smuggle an infant into the U.S. told Border Patrol agents she did it to save her own children, federal authorities said in a criminal complaint. Angela Martinez, a mother of two children, is charged with smuggling people into the country illegally. According to the complaint, a Border Patrol agent working at the Kingsville Border Patrol Station stepped onto a northbound carrier bus at about 11 p.m. in order to conduct an immigration inspection of the occupants. Outside of the bus, Martinez admitted to agents that she didn’t know who the child was or any of his biological information and was promptly arrested for attempting to smuggle the infant. Martinez had been arrested for smuggling before in August 2020.myrgv.com
Arizona refuses US demand to remove containers along border
Arizona is refusing the federal government’s demand to take down double-stacked shipping containers it placed to fill gaps in the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it won’t do so until the U.S. moves to construct a permanent barrier.
Venezuelan migrants show up at international bridge with questions following changes in US policy
Confused and distraught Venezuelan migrants showed up at the Brownsville port of entry Friday morning seeking answers a day after the U.S. changed the way they process migrants from that country. Dozens of migrants, hands painted white, indicating that they came in peace, showed up at the Gateway International Bridge around 9 a.m. David crossed through Eagle Pass, others passed through other ports of entry, but they somehow ended up in Brownsville. The United States was allowing many fleeing a humanitarian and economic crisis in Venezuela to stay in the country, but that changed Thursday following an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security. Those who follow the lawful process will have the opportunity to travel safely to the United States and become eligible to work here.”myrgv.com
Border Patrol arrests 3 for Alamo smuggling incident where 15 were packed into truck
Federal prosecutors have charged three men accused of packing 15 people in the country illegally into the cab and bed of a truck before leading Border Patrol on a 13-mile chase. Border Patrol arrested Jonathan Vasquez, a U.S. citizen born in 1994, and Mexican citizens Enrique Antonio Turrubiates-Piera, born in 1998, and Mauro Lopez-Rodriguez, born in 1988, last Thursday. A Border Patrol camera operator honed in on the vehicle and watched as 15 people boarded the cabin and the bed near the Rio Grande. “Vasquez said a foot guide sat in the front passenger seat and ordered him to drive as a Border Patrol vehicle approached,” the complaint stated. “Vasquez claimed he eventually stopped the truck and surrendered to Border Patrol after fleeing.”That foot guide is Turrubiates, and he also spoke with authorities after his arrest, according to Border Patrol.myrgv.com
Wanted Mission man arrested at Falfurrias checkpoint
The man McAllen police sought on a deadly conduct charge was arrested on Monday at the Falfurrias checkpoint after Border Patrol agents noticed his “nervous behavior,” according to a news release from the federal agency. A judge issued several arrest warrants for 21-year-old Pedro Ortiz IV, 21 after he displayed a weapon during a disturbance in the 2200 block of S. 10th Street on Friday. McAllen police asked the public for help in locating him on Monday, and he was ultimately arrested at the checkpoint that day. Monday’s news release said Ortiz was referred to a secondary inspection after he displayed nervous behavior and it was then that agents discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest from McAllen police. Agents turned him over to the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, where he waited to be transfered.myrgv.com
Mexican man arrested for trying to seize guardsman’s rifle
The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a Mexican man for allegedly attempting to seize a Texas National Guardsman weapon as Border Patrol apprehended a group of people illegally present in the United States, according to a news release. Ricardo Jaime Ruiz, 45, was arrested for attempting to take a weapon away from a public servant. According to the release, Ruiz is a previously deported felon. According to the document, Ruiz then allegedly grabbed the soldier’s M-4 rifle with both hands in attempts to take it for himself, but the guardsman held on to his weapon and Ruiz was apprehended with assistance from fellow soldiers. Texas Rangers are investigating the incident and Ruiz was transported to Hidalgo County Jail.myrgv.com
Migrants reportedly put on a plane from Texas to Sacramento not knowing who purchased the tickets and had to walk barefoot from California airport to a local charity
"They were really confused," a volunteer for NorCal Resist told local news regarding the migrants who were sent from a migrant center in Texas.news.yahoo.com
Mexican woman living in Edinburg arrested for smuggling, harboring people for 2 years
Border Patrol arrested a Mexican woman illegally living in Edinburg on Tuesday after they found she was harboring 21 people illegally present in the United States at her residence, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint said Sanjuana Yurit Garcia-Salazar, who was born in 1983, had been smuggling and harboring people for about two years. “Garcia-Salazar indicated she was coming from her house and freely admitted that there were [15 to 16] people there,” the complaint said. All of them, including Garcia-Salazar, were arrested and transported to a station in McAllen for processing, the complaint said. Two people from El Salvador and Guatemala identified Garcia-Salazar as the caretaker of the house in a photo lineup.myrgv.com
Drug smugglers toss marijuana over border wall in Brownsville
When several people tried to climb the border wall with bundles of marijuana in Brownsville, they didn’t know they were being watched. The smuggling attempt that eventually ended in a car crash happened on Wednesday while Border Patrol agents were conducting operations near the border wall on Oklahoma Road. “The subjects were seen climbing the border wall and then throwing the bundles of suspected marijuana to the north side of the wall on Oklahoma Road,” the complaint stated. The agent on the ground found a total of six bundles of marijuana that weighed more than 141 pounds. The driver of the BMW, 25-year-old Brownsville resident Cristian Corona, ried to run but was quickly caught, according to Border Patrol.myrgv.com
A look into US Customs and Border Protection Operations from KPRC 2′s Zach Lashway
With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations. Its main goal is to keep us safe. The agency has three components-- Office of Field Operations, Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations.
Man claims he smuggled more than 1,000 people into U.S. over 15 years
It’s not clear whether the suspect was bragging to Border Patrol or whether he was just providing them with an alleged full confession of his 15 years as a smuggler, but Armando Mendoza-Montejano claimed he has smuggled more than 1,000 people into the country, according to a criminal complaint against him.myrgv.com
Border Patrol stopped a woman trying to cross the border with 50 wheels of undeclared cheese under a blanket in her car. They fined her and destroyed 100 pounds of cheese.
"Travelers can import cheese commensurate with personal consumption levels," a CBP director said. "A few wheels would generally be fine but not 60."news.yahoo.com
Investigation of journalists by Customs unit is under review
An internal review has been launched into the actions of a special Customs and Border Protection unit that used sensitive government databases intended to track terrorists to investigate as many as 20 U.S.-based journalists, including an Associated Press reporter.
Some Haitian migrants remain determined to stay in US, while others reconsider
KPRC 2 Investigates spoke with several Haitian immigrants who remain at an encampment just across from Del Rio in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna. Many there said they were aware of the US Government’s plans for mass expulsions of Haitian immigrants, but are still determined to stay in the US.
Texas border communities grapple with dueling crises, COVID-19 pandemic and migrant surge
Several border leaders continue to call on President Joe Biden to pause the release of asylum-seeking migrants into the United States. These calls for help come as many border communities are struggling under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic.
US urging Central America to tackle poverty, corruption
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to entice Central American nations to tackle the corruption and poverty that have helped drive a surge of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border and presented an early challenge for the Biden administration.
Harris planning first trip abroad to Mexico, Guatemala
Vice President Kamala Harris has announced plans to visit Mexico and Guatemala on what would be her first official trip abroad, as she pushes ahead on leading the White House’s diplomatic efforts on the migration challenge at the southern border.
White House says it’s working on access to migrant centers
The fate of thousands of migrant families who have recently arrived at the Mexico border is being decided by a mysterious new system under President Joe Biden. Republican officials are also blaming the Biden administration for actions they say are leading more people from Central America to seek entry into the United States. AdGraham recently visited the border and said he saw a facility designed to hold 80 children with about 1,000 in it. “It does not mean that they get to stay in the United States. AdPsaki said the administration is committed to transparency and providing access to those temporary Border Patrol facilities as soon as it can.