Air and Marine Operations

Migrant Father, Child Rescued from Texas Border River

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brownsville Station teamed up with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations officers to rescue a migrant father and son when they became trapped in strong currents in the Rio Grande. The pair attempted to cross the river with a group of about 49 migrants.

Brownsville Station Border Patrol agents rescue a migrant father and his son from the swiftly moving currents in the Rio Grande. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Feds Seize 3 Tons of Cocaine at Sea in Two Days

Aircrews assigned to U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft assisted in the seizure of nearly three tons of cocaine during two separate missions. Officials estimate the drug seizures to be worth in excess of $76 million.

A CBP P-3 Orion Aircrew monitors the seizure of bails of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

CBP Aircrews Seized $140M in Cocaine During Shutdown

P-3 Orion aircrews assigned to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) unit in Corpus Christi, Texas, seized more than $140 million in cocaine during the partial government shutdown that ended in January. A total of 49 missions flown during the 35 days resulted in the stopping of nearly 11,000 pounds of cocaine from reaching U.S. shores.

The Associated Press

19 Migrants Abandoned by Smugglers in Arizona Desert

Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona prevented the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants after human smugglers abandoned them in the desert on Sunday morning. BORSTAR agents provided emergency medical assistance to one of the men who had to be transported by air ambulance to a hospital. Seven other migrants set off an emergency beacon prompting their rescue and 11 were found wandering lost in the desert.


Mexico/U.S. Team Up to Seize $12.5 Million in Marijuana

U.S. Border Patrol Agents working in the Tucson Sector teamed up with Mexican law enforcement officials to conduct “mirrored operations” on both sides of the border leading to the arrests of nearly 500 people and the seizure of $12.5 million in marijuana.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows some 180 pounds of marijuana that was brought into the U.S. from Mexico aboard a go-cart, seen near Yuma, Ariz. The go-cart crossed into the United States and fled back to Mexico after unloading $90,000 worth of drugs. …