MEMPHIS, TN – U.S. Customs and Border Protection must be butter, because they’re on a roll. Dad jokes aside, CBP agents managed to intercept nearly 2,000 fake IDs during the week of March 23rd in Memphis, Tennessee.
While folks may think this only prevented numerous youngsters for buying a six-pack of beer, CBP officials say false documents present more trouble than just underage drinking.
CBP officers assigned to the Area Port of Memphis got their hands on approximately 2,000 phony driver’s licenses as well as two fake passports from what was described as a express consignment facility.
Gee, I wonder why we're only hearing #crickets from @AOC over @CBP seizing almost 2000 fake IDs in just one week?? No doubt AOC somehow wants to call the CBP 'racist' and wants to disband the CBP, but the more AOC opens her yap, the more #Americans realize she's full of sh-t. https://t.co/J53l1QunuA
— WakeTheFup (@USMSS99) March 29, 2020
Officials stated that these faux IDs had made their way over from China and were likely headed to numerous destinations throughout the United States.
Several of the seized documents were smuggled via containers that were made to look as though they only carried tassels crafted into Chinese knots.
Smuggled in the bottom of boxes containing a single tassle, and were manifested as a Chinese knot, CBP seized 2000 fake IDs and 2 passports originating in China and bound for different parts of the US.
— 🇺🇸⚡Red Hoss⚡🇺🇸 (@RedHoss44) March 28, 2020
The Fraudulent Document Analysis Unit of the CBP determined that the IDs were all fake after the agents handed them off to them for review. From here, Homeland Security Investigations is going to be working the discovered contraband case.
The agency noted that these types of documents often garner anywhere from $250-$500 a piece on the black market.
Yes, these may be used by underage students in order to purchase items like booze or tobacco products, but CBP Area Port of Memphis Director Michael Neipert said it goes deeper than just some beers:
“Fraudulent IDs can also be associated with identity theft and terrorist activity. With all the uncertainty currently facing our nation, it is inherent that CBP Memphis Officers/Agriculture specialists remain steadfast in securing the nation’s borders.”
Meanwhile, the Border Patrol have been knocking it out of the park at our southern border, so to speak.
Border Patrol agents have been fairly busy over in Texas, even with the pandemic in high-gear. From human smuggling, enormous groups of illegal immigrants, to even some nabbed sex offenders, these Texas agents are protecting our community one solid arrest at a time.
The substantial busts all started out in Del Rio, Texas between March 23rd and 24th. Agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector managed to arrest two illegal immigrants who carried previous convictions of sexual offenses.
Border Patrol agents arrest previously convicted sex offenders re-entering the US | DEL RIO, Texas https://t.co/cYKV0qTDsO
— Montana 🕊 AgentApplebutt (@AgentApplebutt3) March 27, 2020
On March 23rd, agents from the Uvalde Station were in the midst of conducting freight inspections when they encountered a 40-year-old Mexican national believed to be illegally present.
When processing the individual at the station, records indicated that he’d been previously convicted of sexual battery in St. Lucie County, Florida in 2009. Furthermore, he’d already been removed from the states back in 2018. He’s now facing charges for re-entry after deportation.
The day following, agents from the Comstock Station were conducting “line watch” operations, which is essentially staking out a particular area known for various criminal activity.
During said line watch, agents apprehended a 33-year-old male citizen of Mexico who carried a past that’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
Records checks revealed that this subject had a prior conviction of enticing a child in Houston back in 2011. He too had been previously deported back in 2018. Much like the March 23rd arrest, this individual is facing charges under re-entry after deportation. Either of the two sex offenders could land 20 years in prison if convicted.
Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Doyle E. Amidon, Jr. noted the amazing work by the agents within his sector:
“Agents within Del Rio Sector work tirelessly to maintain the security of our nation’s borders and protect the American public. Due to our agents’ tireless work ethic, two more violent predators have been stopped from doing further damage in our communities.”
Between March 25th and the 26th, Border Patrol agents in Edinburg, Texas were able to thwart not one, but two human smuggling attempts. One attempt was stopped via a checkpoint, whereas the other was halted via vehicle stop.
The March 25th incident happened when agents were alerted about a vehicle that was suspected of loading illegal immigrants not far from Los Ebanos. Once agents made their way to the described location, the driver of the suspected vehicle sped off after catching wind of the Border Patrol.
During the chase, the driver of the suspected vehicle stopped and four passengers from the vehicle fled. An orchestrated multi-agency effort aided by the Texas DPS Troopers, La Joya PD officers, and agents from other Border Patrol stations managed to round up the driver and the four vehicle occupants that fled earlier on in the chase.
Not even 24 hours after agents in Edinburg pulled that off, they landed another win while working the Falfurrias Checkpoint. A Nissan Pathfinder had caught the attention of K9 units and was referred over to secondary for a closer inspection.
What agents discovered was two adult illegal immigrants inside of a luggage compartment, one from Mexico and another from Guatemala. Travelling with the two was also an unaccompanied minor from Guatemala as well. Who knows what would’ve become of the smuggled minor had they entered the country undetected?
Then on March 26th, agents stationed at the Javier Vega Jr. checkpoint in Sarita, Texas were able to apprehend a whopping 48 illegal immigrants in one shot.
Agents had taken notice of a tractor/trailer that appeared to be hauling some grain aboard over to the secondary inspection area in the early morning hours. When the Kingsville agents brought forth the K9 unit to inspect the load, they’d gotten a positive alert.
Upon further inspection of what this trailer was hauling, agents happened upon 48 illegal immigrants inside, where they were hidden atop the stored grain in the load. Agents arrested the vehicle’s driver and proceeded to process all the concealed persons aboard.
The discovery falls in line with Rio Grande Valley Sector’s “Operation Big Rig,” which has aimed to address the sort of smuggling attempts.
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