Thursday, February 27, 2014



Homeland Security awards contract for border towers
By Associated Press
Originally published: Feb 27, 2014 - 3:59 pm

WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $145 million contract for a series of border security towers to be built along the Mexican border in Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel says the contact was given to EFW Inc., a government contractor from Fort Worth, Texas.

Friel says the integrated fixed towers will detect, track, identify and classify suspicious activity along the Arizona border. The towers will start going up on the border later this year. No other details about the program were released.

Homeland Security has been searching for several years for a combination of technology and manpower to secure the 2,000-mile long border with Mexico. Previously a so-called virtual fence was scrapped after the technology didn't work the way the government anticipated.


Douglas CBP officers seize $113,000 in pot
Officials at the Douglas Port of Entry seized a combined 227 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $113,000 Feb. 15 resulting in the arrest of two individuals.
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10:07 am
Douglas Dispatch
by Trisha Maldonado

Two Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents Feb. 15 for attempting to smuggle a combined 227 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $113,000, through the Douglas Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected a Chevrolet sedan for a secondary inspection, driven by a 24-year-old woman from Sinaloa, Mexico, and found nearly 112 pounds of marijuana stashed throughout the vehicle.
Later that evening, officers referred a 59-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of his pickup truck and found almost 115 pounds of marijuana concealed in the truck's rear cargo area.
Both individuals, who are not being identified, were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The marijuana and vehicles were seized.


CBP arrests drug trafficking suspect, 4 others
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:30 pm
From staff reports

Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of San Luis have arrested a Somerton man wanted on drug trafficking charges and four suspected drug smugglers during three separate incidents.
During the first incident, a 49-year-old Mexican woman attempting to drive a Hyundai sedan into the United States was referred to the secondary inspection area. A working dog indicated the possible presence of contraband in the vehicle and officers reportedly found 25 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $392,150.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. The woman and two sons accompanying her, ages 18 and 19, were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).
During the second incident, officers referred 45-year-old Jesus Romero-Serrano for additional questioning when he attempted to enter the country. During a routine records check, officers learned Romero was wanted for a probation violation in relation to trafficking illegal drugs. After verifying the active warrant, Romero was arrested and turned over to the San Luis Police Department.
During the third incident, a 14-year-old teen was arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than one-half pound of meth -- reportedly strapped tho his thigh -- into the U.S. The meth was seized and the teen, whose identity has not been released to the public because he is a minor, was referred to ICE-HSI.


Note: Some of the local families said to date back to the 1740's, long before becoming a part of the U.S., in 1853. It is in the middle of a major smuggling route.

Updated Feb 26, 2014 - 6:45 pm
Arivaca residents are monitoring border checkpoint
By Associated Press
Originally published: Feb 26, 2014 - 6:38 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Some residents of the southern Arizona town of Arivaca are monitoring one checkpoint to see how many arrests and drug seizures the U.S. Border Patrol actually makes.
It's part of a fight to remove longstanding Border Patrol checkpoints on the roads leading into the town 60 miles southwest of Tucson.

Arivaca residents say they are regularly subjected to delays, searches, harassment and racial profiling at the checkpoints.

Six residents monitored the checkpoint Wednesday on Arivaca Road, 25 miles north of the Mexico border.

A Border Patrol spokesman says the agency won't release data for individual checkpoints.
Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Manuel Padilla rejected a petition last month from Arivaca residents and businesses calling for removal of the checkpoints.


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