It’s been a while since I’ve posted a daily summary of border news, but even by a casual perusal of my RSS feed, there’s been a lot happening lately. So here we go:
- Almost $500,00o was seized in a money smuggling attempt in Carlsbad, California yesterday (February 22, 2011). The driver of the car carrying the money, a Mexican citizen, has been turned over to I.C.E.
- In Calexico, California an illegal immigrant was arrested who turned out to have an arrest warrant out of Los Angeles for sexual assault of a minor. The following day, an American citizen was arrested for trying to smuggle $800,000 worth of cocaine into the country in her Nissan Sentra.
- Almost $260,000 was seized in another money smuggling attempt, this time at the Andrade port of entry.
- In Pinal County, Arizona, the county with the largest amount of drug and illegal immigrant smuggling, a group of agencies netted “3,200 pounds of marijuana worth over $2.5 million, seven stolen vehicles, 12 firearms, and 102 arrests.” It’s noted that two of the stolen vehicles were actually stolen from the Phoenix metro area earlier in the week.
- 128 illegal immigrants were arrested while trying to enter the country as a large group. The size of the group is unusual as most groups are limited to 12-15 illegal immigrants to make evading detection easier. More may have gotten away.
- An illegal immigrant was rescued from a canyon in Arizona and is now in the hospital. At least 20 people participated in the rescue including a border patrol helicopter.
- Three separate stops in Arizona, two involving illegal immigrants, over the weekend netted 2600 pounds of pot.
- An agent describes the changes and events he’s seen over his 15 years on the job protecting our border.