Drug Smuggling

Alleged Smugglers Use Children to Distract from Meth Smuggling

United States Border Patrol agents carried out two separate arrests this week involving drug smugglers transporting large quantities of methamphetamine while utilizing children as a diversionary tactic. The two busts resulted in a total seizure of 225 pounds of methamphetamine valued at approximately $541,694.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and K-9 security dogs keep watch at a checkpoint station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas. Government agencies vary widely in how they are dealing with $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect last week. Federal workers could face seven …

Video: Border Wall Crews Migrate Protected Cacti

Border wall construction crews in Arizona are seen migrating Organ Pipe and other protected cacti in a video released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A 30-foot bollard wall is replacing a five-mile segment of the border that is now separated only by a vehicle barrier.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction crews carefully move protected species in the Organ Pipe National Monument. (Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers video screenshot)

Meth, Cocaine Seized at Re-Opened Interior Border Patrol Checkpoints

Border Patrol agents in the Yuma and El Paso Sectors seized methamphetamine and cocaine at interior immigration checkpoints recently re-opened after the downturn in illegal border crossings. Officials closed checkpoints in these sectors and others earlier this year to redirect resources to the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and K-9 security dogs keep watch at a checkpoint station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas. Government agencies vary widely in how they are dealing with $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect last week. Federal workers could face seven …

Feds Seize 300 Pounds of Fentanyl, Heroin, Meth at Arizona Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than 300 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and small amount cocaine last weekend. The seizures came in four separate incidents at the Port of Nogales on the Arizona-Mexico international border. The officers arrested one Mexican national and four U.S. citizens and seized an estimated $4.2 million in drugs.

This Jan. 31, 2019 file photo shows a display of fentanyl and meth that was seized by Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend at the Nogales Port of Entry at a press conference in Nogales, Ariz. Law enforcement officers in the U.S. Southwest say they have also seen …

Exclusive: Gulf Cartel Leader Caught Sneaking Across Texas Border

Federal authorities arrested a leading lieutenant with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel in Texas after he illegally snuck across the Rio Grande to enter the United States. Law enforcement agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had their sights on the cartel cell leader for some time in connection with multiple drug shipments allegedly linked to him.

Border Patrol agents search the Rio Grande River for illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the United States on Monday, March 26, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States, many of them Mexicans or from other Latin American countries. / …

Mexico-Based U.S. Citizen Admits Smuggling 450,000 Fentanyl Pills

A U.S. citizen who resided in the Mexican border city of Tijuana admitted to smuggling more than 450,000 fentanyl pills from that country into the United States. The drug smuggler made the confession during a guilty plea before a federal judge in a U.S. District Court. The alleged criminal activity occurred during a nine-month conspiracy from February to October 2018.

Fentanyl pills seized in Phoenix. (File Photo: Drug Enforcement Administration)

K-9 Alerts Lead to $5.7M in Meth Seizures at Texas-Mexico Border Bridges

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $3 million in methamphetamine after a K-9 officer alerted to the possible presence of the drug during an inspection at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. The following day officers made another large meth seizure valued at more than $2.7 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Laredo seized $2.7 million worth of methamphetamine during a border inspection. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Laredo Port of Entry)