Air and Marine Operations

Border Patrol Rescues 18 Migrants After 10-Hour Hike

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector carried out mountain rescue operations and successfully recovered 18 migrants pushed beyond their “limits” by human smugglers. Two were hospitalized for injuries.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescue injured migrant in mountainous desert region. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector)

Border Patrol Seizes Ultralight Aircraft Loaded with Meth, Fentanyl

Tucson Sector agents received notice from Air and Marine Operations surveillance equipment monitors about an ultralight aircraft flying from Mexico into the U.S. The agents tracked down the ultralight and seized a shipment of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seize ultralight aircraft with a load of methamphetamine and fentanyl. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson 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.


Assaults on Border Patrol Agents Up 64 Percent in July

Assaults by criminal aliens against Border Patrol agents increased 64 percent in July over the previous month. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials reported 41 agents as victims of assault for the month.


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. …

Federal Aircrew Interdicts over of 1,400 Pounds of Cocaine

Federal aircrew members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) detected suspicious boats and maintained surveillance until partners could interdict the load of 1,470 pounds of cocaine.