A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol report has revealed that criminal organizations smuggling illegal aliens into America have been relying on social media platforms to recruit minors to carry out their operations. The report from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol notes a “trend of Transnational Criminal Organization’s (TCO) using social media to recruit minors for their smuggling operations.” The agency links the reliance on social media to the record-breaking numbers of migrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally under President Joe Biden. “RGV agents have encountered more than 137K migrants between Oct. 1, to Dec. 31, 2021,
An illegal alien residing in the U.S. pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and an illegal firearm. The case comes amidst President Joe Biden’s unsecured southern border allowing migrants – including convicted pedophiles, rapists, and murderers – to pour into the U.S. illegally. The man convicted, 43-year-old Mexican national Antonio Zapata-Chairez, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and one count of possession of child pornography. In August 2019, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents searched Chairez’s residence in Birmingham, Alabama, based on an ongoing investigation related to internet communications concerning child
A Honduran national arrested by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon entering the U.S. was sentenced to five years in prison on child pornography charges. “Lucas Sanchez-Velasquez, a 39-year-old citizen of Honduras, was arrested in March of 2021 by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers after they discovered child pornography images on his cell phone upon his arrival to the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from San Pedro Sula, Honduras,” explained the agency. Velasquez’s received his sentence from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida following an investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)
The Del Rio Sector of the Texas Border has experienced a nearly 75 percent increase in unaccompanied minors attempting to enter the U.S. illegally under the Biden White House. The figures come from a new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report highlighting the massive amounts of young migrants attempting to breach the U.S. border in Del Rio, which is just one of 20 sectors comprising the U.S. southern border. “This fiscal year, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021, the Del Rio Sector has already encountered 2,280 unaccompanied juveniles, compared to only 1,305 during the same time last year,” explains
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have seized several counterfeit Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration badges shipped from China. As an agency press release notes, “officers at the Chicago International Mail Branch (IMF) recently seized several packages all arriving from China that contained counterfeit Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) badges.” In the following week, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials busted additional shipments containing over two dozen counterfeit DEA badges. “These counterfeit badges could have led to disastrous consequences if our officers had not found them,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, Director of Chicago CBP’s
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents recently arrested multiple illegal migrants involved in human smuggling and seized millions of dollars worth of counterfeit products shipped from China. On June 1, agents in South Texas disrupted two separate instances of human smuggling, one in the afternoon and one that night. The identification of the illegal migrants involved led to 13 arrests. Between May 28 and June 1, U.S. Border Patrol also identified and searched six “human smuggling stash houses” in the Rio Grande Valley, used to harbor migrants smuggled into the United States. The individual stash houses harbored groups ranging
Customs and Border Protection recently arrested an individual convicted of child sexual abuse and seized over $1 million worth of counterfeit items, including Covid-19 test kits. On May 21, at the Hidalgo International Bridge in Texas, officials apprehended 50-year-old Andres Elizondo, a US citizen guilty of sexual crimes against an eight-year-old girl. In October 2020, Elizondo was charged with “child fondling and indecency/child sexual contact, both second-degree felonies.” Officers also identified “four other persons with arrest warrants ranging from resisting arrest, drug-related, probation violations and failure to appear charges” in the same weekend. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) also seized
Officials seized thousands of fake face masks worth over $1,300,000 entering the U.S. from China. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Indianapolis halted a shipment arriving from China that contained more than 4,500 designer face masks,” the agency’s press release notes. Destined for Puerto Rico, the shipment contained face masks from luxury brands including Dior and Louis Vuitton: “Inside officers found 4,550 counterfeit medical face masks from fashion designers such as Dior (1,150), Louis Vuitton (1,100), Gucci (1,400), Burberry (400), and Fendi (500). The face masks were reviewed by an import specialist who determined the items were counterfeit.