Wednesday, April 10, 2013



Note: Next location and dates to be determined.

Applicants sought for Border Patrol academy
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:03am

Applications are now being accepted for upcoming U.S. Customs and
Border Protection Citizen's Academy classes.

The Citizen's Academy is designed to provide members of the community
with an inside look at the daily operations of securing Arizona's
border at and between the ports of entry.

Throughout the course, attendees participate in interactive
demonstrations such as defensive tactics, tracking and inspections
for prohibited items. Participants also learn about each CBP
component's distinct roles and responsibilities, as well as their
integrated mission to secure America's borders.

Recently, agents and officers from the Tucson Sector's Brian A. Terry
and Douglas Stations, the Douglas and Naco Ports of Entry, and the
Office of Air and Marine hosted an integrated CBP Citizen's Academy
in Bisbee from Jan. 30 through March 20. Participants met on
Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. for seven weeks.

To apply for the next session, contact the Tucson Sector Public
Affairs Office at 520-748-3210.

This program is offered at no cost to participants and all class
materials are provided.
Background checks are required and applicants should be in good
physical health.


Note: photo looks like commercial aluminum ramps

Agents arrest eight, seize 722 pounds of pot
April 08, 2013 4:48 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested eight
suspected drug smugglers and seized a combined 722 pounds of
marijuana in three separate incidents over the weekend.

The marijuana had an estimated value of $361,000.

The most recent incident happened Sunday afternoon when an agent
working near Dateland encountered an El Salvadoran male guarding two
large bundles of marijuana.

"The man abandoned the drugs and ran when the agent approached," said
agent Kyle Estes, of the Yuma Sector Communications Division. "It
probably took three days to travel from the border to get to where he

Estes said after securing the marijuana, the agent tracked down the
suspect, who was later determined to be in the U.S. illegally. The
two bundles, weighing a combined 95 pounds, were turned over to the
Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.

On Saturday night, agents using night-vision equipment spotted seven
people carrying large, plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana cross the
Colorado River into the country near Avenue 12-3/4E. Agents followed
the suspected smugglers and apprehended them at Avenue 9-3/4E as they
were trying to hide in a farm field.

All of the suspected smugglers, Mexican nationals who were illegally
in the U.S., were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The seized marijuana had a combined weight of 346 pounds.

At about 2 a.m. Friday, agents observed a Chevy Tahoe using ramps to
drive over vehicle barriers along a shallow portion of the Colorado
River at the U.S.-Mexico border at Avenue 9-3/4E.

Estes said the vehicle briefly raced through agricultural field roads
attempting to evade agents before turning back to the border. When
two occupants were unable to get the vehicle back over the barrier,
they abandoned the Tahoe and ran into Mexico.

The vehicle was carrying 23 tightly wrapped bricks of marijuana with
a combined weight of 281 pounds. Agents followed tire tracks to the
river bed and seized a second vehicle transporting heavy metal ramps
used to get the Tahoe over the barrier.

Estes explained that drug smugglers often pick up their ramps after
crossing over the border so agents won't happen across them. In this
instance, however, Estes said the suspected drug smugglers did not
have time to set them back up because agents were close behind them.

The marijuana was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration. The two vehicles were seized by the Border Patrol.

Read more:

Ariz. port officers find $175K in car heading to Mexico
1 hour ago • Arizona Daily Star

A Mexican man was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle more than
$175,000 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis
DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting inspections on
vehicles leaving the U.S. selected a Mercedes sedan driven by Samir
Alexander Lara-Ambriz, 29, of Nogales, Sonora, for further inspection.

During the search, officers found a concealed compartment containing
14 packages of U.S. currency. The vehicle and cash were seized. Lara
was arrested.


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