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  • US Coast Guard leaps onto narco submarine

    07/11/2019 3:59:39 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 30 replies
    The Sun ^ | 11 July 2019
    Crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Munro board a self-propelled semi-submersible that was suspected of being a drug-smuggling vessel worth an estimated $232 million dollars
  • Smugglers are Pushing Adults and Kids Into the Rio Grande to Distract Border Patrol Agents

    07/01/2019 12:49:35 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 30 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 07/01/19
    Last week a photo of a man and his daughter went viral after they drowned together in the Rio Grande. It happened while they attempted to enter the United States illegally. According to Border Patrol agents, pushing adults and children into the river is a new tactic being used as a distraction by smugglers. While agents focus their attention on water rescue missions, they take advantage.
  • Two migrant rights’ activists arrested for human trafficking

    06/09/2019 7:59:38 AM PDT · by upchuck · 16 replies
    Mexico Daily News ^ | June 7, 2019
    Two advocates for migrants’ rights were arrested for human trafficking Wednesday, while federal finance officials yesterday blocked the bank accounts of 26 people allegedly involved in the same crime. Irineo Mujica, director of a migrant advocacy organization that has helped several large migrant caravans cross Mexico, was arrested in Sonoyta, Sonora, at about the same time activist Cristóbal Sánchez was detained outside his home in the Mexico City borough of Xochimilco. The federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR) said in a statement that Federal Police arrested the two men after warrants were issued by a judge in Chiapas. The department said...
  • Report: Illegal Immigration Is Earning Billions For Smugglers

    04/24/2019 2:12:27 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 24, 2019 | John Daniel Davidson
    A new report estimates cartels and smuggling networks are making billions off of Central Americans who are fleeing their countries in droves thanks to America's messed-up immigration laws. If you don’t think the ongoing border crisis is benefitting criminal smuggling networks and Mexican drug cartels, you’re not paying attention. A new report from the RAND Corporation found that smugglers and cartels earned as much as $2.3 billion from Central American migrants in 2017. The report, conducted by the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), which is operated by RAND, analyzed the black market for human smuggling in Central America, Mexico,...
  • Immigrant smugglers target NM border

    03/15/2019 11:16:49 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 14, 2019 | Mike Gallagher
    From high-end operations catering to Brazilians to overcrowded stash houses in rural New Mexico, organized criminal groups are smuggling immigrants into the U.S. through New Mexico’s southern border using the crush of asylum seekers from Central America and elsewhere as cover. Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol agents have identified several organized criminal groups that have been smuggling immigrants across the southern border to ultimate destinations in Alabama, New Jersey, Tennessee and elsewhere. Over the last year, federal agents have arrested human smugglers in the small towns of Hachita in New Mexico’s Bootheel and Dexter south of Roswell as well...
  • Guatemalan Authorities Rescue Group of Minors from Human Smugglers in Caravan

    10/25/2018 6:19:41 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch has obtained exclusive information and photos from Guatemalan authorities revealing that they have recovered seven unaccompanied minors from human smugglers working inside the caravan. The children have been taken into custody and they are being provided with food, water and medical attention, according to a high-level Guatemalan government official. The smugglers have been arrested and the broader investigation into criminal activity in the caravan is ongoing. A Judicial Watch team, headed by Director of Investigations Chris Farrell, spent several days on the Guatemala-Honduras border covering the illegal alien caravan, which originated in the northern Honduran city of San...
  • Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two DACA Recipients for Attempting to Smuggle Illegal Aliens

    10/13/2017 5:10:14 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 10/13/2017 | Cameron Cawthorne
    U.S. Border Patrol agents recently made two separate arrests of juvenile recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for attempting to smuggle illegal aliens across the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, on Thursday published a press release detailing the arrests of two so-called "Dreamers," illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors who receive legal protections under DACA, who are nationals from Guatemala and Mexico. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On October 4, 2017, Border Patrol agents arrested a juvenile attempting to smuggle two illegal aliens. Agents at the...
  • Few Rogue Border Agents Resist Trump Policies

    02/18/2017 7:39:31 AM PST · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Polizette ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Brendan Kirby
    Union leader says some stations continue to follow Obama 'catch and release' directives Some border patrol stations have been slow to carry out President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order and instead have continued former President Barack Obama’s “catch-and-release” policies, according to a union official. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette that he raised concerns Thursday with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello. He said he is confident that issue soon will be corrected. But Judd said as recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to...
  • More on the Truckload of Chocolate Iraqis in Romania

    01/02/2017 8:32:50 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | Baron Bodissey
    Last night we posted a translated article from Romania about 48 Iraqi migrants who were discovered in the back of a tractor trailer that was supposed to be carrying a load of chocolate candies. Below is a video of the truck being emptied at the border control station between Bulgaria and Romania. Watch all the Iraqis exit the truck. When they’re all finally out on the garage floor, you can see there were no chocolates at all in the cargo compartment — nothing but Iraqis. This must have been a fairly sophisticated operation. It presumably included the collusion of the...
  • Former ICE Agent: Smugglers Have ‘More Effective’ Intel Network Than US Gov’t.

    10/22/2016 7:09:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 20, 2016 | 3:03 PM EDT | Amy Furr
    Drug smugglers and human traffickers “have a very effective intelligence gathering system” that is “much more effective than what we have in the U.S. government,” former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent A.J. Irwin said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington. The discussion highlighted recent statistics from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency showing a dramatic ten-fold increase in the number of illegal immigrants claiming asylum when they reach the U.S. border since 2009. Irwin said that smugglers quickly find out about changes in U.S. law or policy and then move...
  • Taliban is capturing Afghanistan's $1 trillion mining wealth

    10/23/2015 4:59:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    India Times ^ | Oct 22, 2015 | N/A
    Taliban fighters aren't just making gains on the battlefield: They're also bleeding away a revenue source that is crucial for Afghanistan to pay for its military without US help. The Afghan government will earn about $30 million in 2015 from its mineral sector for the third straight year, far short of a previous projection of $1.5 billion, according to Mines and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Saba. That's also a quarter of what smugglers -mostly linked to the Taliban and local warlords -earn annually selling rubies and emeralds, he said.
  • Intel expert: New docs confirm Hillary gun-running op (Benghazi)

    10/21/2015 10:09:43 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | October 21, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – As former Sectary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, new documentary evidence of a secret State Department gun-running operation is adding fuel to the controversy over the Department of Justice prosecution of arms dealer Marc Turi. A member of the independent Citizens Commission on Benghazi claims the publication Tuesday of new evidence that the State Department under Hillary Clinton’s leadership approved a California company to deliver arms to Libya with the goal of ousting Moammar Gadhafi exposes the hypocrisy of prosecuting Turi. Turi believed he also had State...
  • Europe Approves "Military Action" Against Refugee Smugglers As Germany Warns 1 Million Coming

    09/14/2015 8:13:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/14/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Europe's refugee crisis is getting worse by the day. Less than 24 hours after Germany announced it would impose border controls with Austria, followed promptly by the Czech Republic, Slovenia and now the Netherlands, German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel predicted that as many as 1 million refugees may arrive by the end of the year as other nations moved to fortify their frontiers.As Bloomberg notes, the revised prediction "underscored how quickly the numbers fleeing to Germany are spiraling upward. The official government estimate, released just a few weeks ago, is for roughly 800,000 in 2015, nearly four times the...
  • JFK Airport officials filter fecal matter in search for drugs

    02/23/2015 6:52:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The federal government is looking for doctors to help monitor suspected smugglers’ bowel movements at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in a solicitation that sounds like it could be something out of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” program. In reality it’s all a very sanitary process and even includes a special high-tech toilet to recover the drugs or other contraband from the other waste passing from the suspected smuggler’s system. But the details, described in a new solicitation for doctors to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection, underscore the efforts smugglers will go to in trying to...
  • Syria, Iraq and the United States: A Gathering Storm

    06/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 31 replies · 301+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 4, 2004 | Jonathan Howland
    U.S. military forces have discovered a smuggling ring moving copious quantities of explosives and weapons from Iraq to terrorist training camps constructed by the Saddam Hussein regime inside Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Pentagon also announced that the structure bombed by U.S. warplanes last week, described by many major media outlets as a wedding celebration at a private ranching operation, was actually a "dormitory-like" facility used as a "safe house" to facilitate the clandestine movement of foreign terrorists into Iraq from Syria. According to Pentagon officials, small arms, explosives, and bomb making materials are being removed from...
  • McAllen kidnapping linked to immigrant smuggling operation

    10/28/2013 2:32:16 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    valleycentral.com ^ | oce 28,2013 | Sergio Chapa
    A woman is safe after escaping from a group of illegal immigrant smugglers who had kidnapped her from outside a hotel in McAllen. McAllen police arrested 27-year-old Daniella Marie Hinojosa on an aggravated kidnapping charge on Friday. Investigators told Action 4 News that Hinojosa participated in the October 12th kidnapping of a woman outside a hotel on the 1300 block of South 9th Street. Officers were called to the hotel for a disturbance where they learned a woman had been pulled by the hair and taken by force. Court records show that the woman was bound and gagged with black...
  • Maricopa County halts smuggling prosecutions

    09/30/2013 3:43:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    myfoxphoenix.com ^ | Sep 30, 2013 | PAUL DAVENPORT
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's most populous county halted prosecutions of both smugglers and those being smuggled on Monday.
  • OUTRAGE: Georgia Police Chief Suspended Without Pay Just for Visiting Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    09/12/2013 7:15:57 PM PDT · by montag813 · 45 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-13-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Chief Doug Jordan meet in Phoenix.- Unbelievable! The Grantville, Georgia Police Chief has been suspended for a week - without pay - merely for visiting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his vacation. Chief Doug Jordan and his wife planned a recent trip to Arizona to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They had honeymooned there 31 years ago. They paid for the trip and its expenses themselves. While there, Jordan thought it would be a great idea to see if he could meet with Arpaio. He was honored when Arpaio agreed to do so.“I meet with...
  • 5 Charged in Human Smuggling Operation ( with video )

    09/11/2013 9:02:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    .krgv.com ^ | Sep 11, 2013 7 | KRGV
    EDINBURG - Five Mexican nationals were arrested after authorities raided two houses Monday night in Edinburg. Border Patrol agents arrested 150 illegal immigrants at the houses near Juan and Efrain streets. Officials said the five Mexican nationals were in charge of the smuggling operation. Federal officials said the men would extort money out of the illegal immigrants. They said the men kidnapped one woman at gunpoint and demanded a ransom for her release. The woman was released, but she began helping the smugglers run the stash houses.
  • More than 120 immigrants found crammed into Edinburg home

    09/10/2013 8:27:02 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Valleycentral.com ^ | Sep 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Espinosa
    An ongoing investigation lead authorities to an Edinburg home with more than 120 undocumented immigrants crammed inside. The Border Patrol’s Fraud, Intelligence, Smuggling and Terrorism (FIST) team approached a home off Efrain Street based on a tip. Investigators received information that the home was being used to harbor undocumented immigrants. Border Patrol regional spokesman Henry Mendiola told Action 4 News that the agents conducted a consensual search of the home. Details on the incident were not immediately released but more than 120 immigrants were found inside. Action 4 News will bring you more on this story as it develops