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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Ohio interdicted a shipment of methamphetamine that originated in Mexico and had Texas listed as its final destination. The officers found the drugs mixed with powdered drink packages. CBP officers assigned to a cargo inspection area in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 16 carried out a routine inspection of packages arriving from Mexico. A CBP K-9 alerted to the possible presence of drugs in one of the shipments, according to information obtained from CBP officials. Following the K-9 alert, officers searched the box that reportedly contained packs of powdered drink mixes, officials stated. A search revealed a shipment of methamphetamine. Officials report Houston, Texas, as the final destination for the drug shipment from Mexico....
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Eagle Pass, Texas, seized nearly $200,000 in unreported currency being smuggled into Mexico. This adds to the increasing amount of cash being seized at ports of entry. CBP officers assigned to the Eagle Pass Port of Entry on September 17 observed a commercial bus approaching in the exit lane headed to Mexico. Officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection station, according to information obtained from CBP officials in South Texas. Officers initially carried out a non-intrusive imaging system inspection and noticed anomalies in a duffel bag. They carried out a physical search of the luggage area of the 2016 Scania commercial bus. Officers searched a duffle bag and found 11 packages containing...
    BOSTON (CBS) – More than 20,000 counterfeit N95 respirator masks were seized by Customs and Border Protection officers in Boston this week. The 43 boxes arriving from Hong Kong were found by CBP officers Wednesday at the International Cargo Port. The boxes contained 20,400 masks and had an appraised value of $163,200. CBP said certain organizations are attempting to exploit the limited supply of personal protective equipment and other medical goods needed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. “Counterfeit personal protective equipment puts frontline workers and the general public’s health at risk,” said Michael Denning, Director of Field Operations for the Boston Field Office. Other counterfeit products being smuggled into the country include unapproved Covid-19 test...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers disrupted a unique drug smuggling operation by finding cocaine and methamphetamine hidden in large boulders of quartz. Smugglers hid 229 packages of drugs inside the boulders and cemented them back together. CBP officers assigned to the Tecate cargo crossing on September 14 observed a tractor-trailer approaching for entry into the United States. The driver presented a manifest indicating a load of beach pebbles and stones, according to information obtained from CBP officials. During the initial inspection, officers noted discrepancies and referred the driver to a secondary inspection area. A CBP K-9 alerted to the possible presence of drugs in multiple large quartz boulders. The officers searched through the shipment of rocks and eventually had...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 326 pounds of methamphetamine at an international cargo facility on the Texas-Mexico border. CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility on September 12 observed a tractor-trailer approaching from Mexico for entry into the United States. The driver, a 40-year-old Mexican male, declared the trailer contained a load of avocados, according to information obtained from CBP officials. The CBP officer referred the driver to a secondary inspection area where other officers utilized non-intrusive imaging equipment (NII) to examine the cargo load. Officers also conducted a physical check of random pallets of avocados and discovered packages of drugs hidden inside the cargo area, officials reported. During a physical search of the trailer,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Federal officers seized more than two dozen bedazzled binkies in Pittsburgh, saying the pacifiers were not only counterfeits, but also potentially dangerous. Customs and Border Protection officers in Pittsburgh seized a shipment of 25 counterfeit pacifiers from Hong Kong last week. (Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) The binkies were bejeweled with Chanel and Mercedes Benz logos. They also had metallic link chains and clips, and CBP says they were a choking hazard. Officials say the binkies were on their way to Allegheny County. Had they been the real deal, their retail price would have been around $1,300. “Counterfeit consumer goods, such as these baby pacifiers, are manufactured in unregulated facilities with substandard materials and may...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working a Canadian crossing in North Dakota seized $36,000 in fake U.S. currency. CBP officers assigned to the Pembina Port of Entry on Wednesday observed a tractor-trailer approaching the station for entry into the United States from Canada. The driver presented a manifest indicating a load of toy guns, according to information obtained from CBP officials. The officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection station in the commercial cargo area. During a cargo inspection, officers found nine toy guns and what appeared to be 36,000 U.S. $100 bills. The officers inspected the bills and determined they were counterfeit. Officials destroyed the fake bills. “Our officers work extremely hard to protect the United States...
    In a truly bizarre situation that I’m still trying to wrap my head around, US Customs and Border Protection tonight tweeted that its officers had “recently seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $398K had they been genuine.” There’s also a press release: “CBP officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis,” said Troy Miller, director of CBP’s New York field operations, in the release. “The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily.” These units originated from Hong Kong and were seized at JFK on August 31st; they were headed to Nevada, according to the press release....
    The seizure of marijuana by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at international crossings along the New York/Canada border jumped 1,000 percent this fiscal year. Officers seized more than 40,000 pounds of the drugs during the first 11 months of this fiscal year. CBP Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the Buffalo Field Office seized 40,337 pounds of marijuana during the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2020, according to information obtained from CBP officials. This is up from 3,443 pounds during the same period last year. The report, released by CBP officials on Friday, reports the seizure of marijuana jumped more than 1,000 percent when comparing the same year-to-date periods. “The work of the officers has been incredible...
    Customs officers at Miami International Airport were sitting pretty after discovering nearly $500,000 hidden inside a chair being smuggled out of the US, officials said. The US Customs and Border Protection officers seized the $491,280 in the chair, which sat along with other furniture in a recent shipment bound for the Dominican Republic, the agency said in a statement. Authorities selected the crate for examination during outbound enforcement operations, officials said. “Criminal organizations will attempt to export large sums of cash to launder their ill-gotten gains,” said Robert Del Toro, the CBP’s acting port director. “This is a significant seizure and represents the impact we can make on criminals’ profits and was the direct result of our officers’ vigilance and...
    Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to a Texas crossing on September 5 seized 69 pounds of methamphetamine found in a passenger sedan attempting to enter from Mexico. CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge observed a man driving a 2011 Dodge Avenger approaching from Mexico for entry into the United States. The officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection station where officers utilized a Non-Intrusive Imaging (NII) system to examine the interior of the vehicle, according to information obtained from CBP officials in the Rio Grande Valley. The NII search resulted in the discovery of 59 packages of drugs hidden in the Avenger. The officers identified the drugs as being methamphetamine and determined the weight to be...
    STERLING, Va. (WJZ) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport seized nearly $99,000 from a man traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday for violating federal currency reporting laws. While conducting an outbound inspection on the Ethiopia-bound flight, CBP officers interviewed a U.S. lawful permanent resident who is an Ethiopian citizen. The man verbally and in writing reported that he possessed $14,000 and a subsequent examination of his carryon bag revealed $19,112. Officers later discovered an additional $79,650 concealed inside shoes and jeans pockets inside his checked baggage. Officers seized a total of $98,762 of unreported currency. CBP is not releasing the man’s name since he was not criminally charged. An investigation continues. Although there...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in South Texas seized more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine. The officers found the drugs inside the driver’s cab of a tractor-trailer rig attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico. CBP officers assigned to the Starr-Camargo International Bridge near Rio Grande City, Texas, observed a tractor-trailer approaching from Mexico. The officer referred the driver of the 2006 Kenworth tractor hauling an empty refrigerated trailer to a secondary inspection station, according to information obtained from CBP Office of Field Operations officials. During the secondary inspection, officers searched the cab of the tractor ad found 28 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside. Officials report the 60.62 pounds of methamphetamine to be worth approximately $1.2 million. The officers...
    A man, 28, from Michoacan State walks with his daughter, 6, and son, 4, through the campsite of Mexican asylum seekers at Chamizal Park in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on December 13, 2019. A federal judge has blocked the reckless, Stephen Miller-led decision shifting some of the power of determining initial asylum claims from experienced U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officers to unqualified Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, saying in the ruling that “[t]he training requirements cited in the government’s declaration do not come close to being ‘comparable’ to the training requirements of full asylum officers.” The administration had claimed last year it was giving some authority to unqualified border agents in response to families waiting at the southern border, and that agents were “trained comparably,” the Associated Press reported. That claim...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees from conducting the initial screening for people seeking asylum, dealing a setback to one of the Trump administration’s efforts to rein in asylum. The nationwide injunction will likely have little, if any, immediate impact because the government has effectively suspended asylum during the coronavirus pandemic, citing public health concerns. The Trump administration argued that designated CBP employees are trained comparably to asylum officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, another agency within the Homeland Security Department. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington disagreed. “Poppycock!” he wrote in a 22-page decision. “The training requirements cited in the government’s declaration do not come close...
    A federal judge on Monday blocked U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees from conducting the initial screening for people seeking asylum, dealing a setback to one of the Trump administration’s efforts to rein in asylum. The nationwide injunction will likely have little, if any, immediate impact because the government has effectively suspended asylum during the coronavirus pandemic, citing public health concerns. The Trump administration argued that designated CBP employees are trained comparably to asylum officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, another agency within the Homeland Security Department. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington disagreed. “Poppycock!” he wrote in a 22-page decision. “The training requirements cited in the government’s declaration do not come close to being ‘comparable’ to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Chicago seized a shipment of 62 counterfeit sports championship rings from Shanghai, China earlier this month.The parcel was headed for a store in suburban Aurora, according to CPB officials.An import specialist inspected the rings and noticed they appeared new and of poor quality, with improper security features, according to a CPB release.They included fake Superbowl rings for the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams, as well as Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls championship rings.Had the rings been real, the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price would have been $93,600, officials said."Shipments like these prey on the many sports fans across the nation who may be duped into paying high prices for garbage,"...
    “It’s just a matter of time where someone is going to die if this is not stopped,” acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner Mark Morgan told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday reacting to the violence in Portland,Ore. overnight. Unrest continued in Portland on Saturday night into Sunday morning, with police declaring a riot just after midnight near the Penumbra Kelly Building, which houses public safety offices, according to reports. Rioters were seen hurling rocks, bottles and other objects at police officers, Portland’s KGW-TV reported. Police warned rioters that fail to leave the area would be subject to “citation, arrest, and/or crowd control agents, including but not limited to tear gas and/or impact weapons.” The city has seen nightly unrest...
    U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Ryan Patrick heaped praised on Customs and Border Protection officers for two massive busts in Laredo—suggesting the border town had become “ground zero for meth.” In a news release Aug. 17, the CBP reported officers at the World Trade Bridge and Juarez-Lincoln Bridge seized methamphetamine worth nearly $10 million in two separate stops on the same day. “Methamphetamine has an appalling impact on individuals, families and our communities,” Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas said in a statement. “CBP is dedicated to disrupting the flow of this deadly narcotic through ongoing enforcement operations.” Patrick quickly weighed in on the busts. “I dont know what the actual numbers are, but based on what I see reported...
    El Paso Sector Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. teenager for allegedly attempting to smuggle 158 pounds of liquid methamphetamine through a pedestrian border crossing from Mexico. CBP officers assigned to the Ysleta Port of Entry on August 14 observed a teenager approaching on foot for entry into the United States. The young man attempted to enter the U.S. with multiple cases of water bottles, according to information obtained from El Paso Sector CBP officials. The initial screening officer directed the 18-year-old U.S. citizen to a secondary inspection area. During the secondary inspection, a CBP K-9 alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, officials reported. The agents then conducted an X-ray scan on the water bottles...
    Laredo Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamine in two incidents at separate ports of entry on August 10. Following the seizure of the nearly $10 million in drugs, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick called the region “ground zero” for meth smuggling. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Ryan Patrick tweeted out the CBP’s message about the seizure and wrote, “Based on what I see reported publicly and at the office, Laredo may be ground zero for meth right now.” I don’t know what the actual numbers are, but based on what I see reported publicly and at the office, Laredo may be ground zero for meth right now. CBP is doing a TERRIFIC...
    EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Tuesday that officers working at the Ysleta port of entry in El Paso seized approximately 158 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Friday evening disguised as bottled water. According to a press release by the agency, the seizure was made just after 7:00 p.m. when an 18-year-old U.S. male arrived as a pedestrian from Mexico. These might look like ordinary water bottles, but @CBP agriculture specialists discovered they were filled with liquid meth. In all, 120 bottles contained 155lbs of the dangerous drug. Great stop by CBP ag specialists in El Paso, TX! pic.twitter.com/O8huMCmIA5— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) August 18, 2020 “The teenager declared three cases of bottled water,” the agency’s...
    Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized another huge load of methamphetamine headed to the streets in American cities across the county. An inspection of a tractor-trailer rig at the Pharr International Bridge that connects Texas and Mexico led to the discovery of nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine. Jaeson Jones/Breitbart Texas CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge on August 7 observed a tractor-trailer approaching the cargo terminal for inspection and entry into the United States. The officers referred the driver, a 29-year-old Mexican national from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to the secondary inspection area, according to information obtained from Rio Grande Valley Sector CBP officials. An inspection of the containers of produce from Mexico led to the...
    San Diego Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than a ton of methamphetamine in two shipments of cacti. The busts in less than a week yielded seizures valued at nearly $4 million. CBP officers assigned to the Otay Mesa cargo facility on August 7 observed a tractor-trailer approaching from Mexico. The cargo manifest indicated a shipment of cacti, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector CBP officials. The officers referred the driver to the inspection area and ordered the cactus to be unloaded from the trailer. CBP officers at the Otay Mesa commercial port of entry found a ton of methamphetamine in two shipments of cactus coming from Mexico. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/San Diego Sector)...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Police, with the help of Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, arrested a man in connection to a recent homicide in Minneapolis, as he attempted to cross over the Canadian border. According to the MPD, officers responded to a report of a stabbing on Aug. 8 near 4th Avenue North and Van White Memorial Boulevard. When they arrived at 7:47 p.m., they found a man, 19-year-old Abdirisaq Muhudin Namhani, suffering from apparent stab wounds. He had no pulse or respirations. Though officers started CPR, he was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. At the time, MPD believed the stabbing occurred as a result of an altercation between two acquaintances,...
    DALLAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $4.3 million in counterfeit footwear from China this week, including hundreds of pairs of fake limited edition Air Jordans. A press release from CBP officials says the shipment was headed to Mexico and contained “several pairs of limited edition basketball shoes that retail for $2,000 per pair.” More than 1,800 pairs of counterfeit limited edition “Dior X Air Jordan 1″ shoes were seized at the Dallas/Fort Worth port of entry in addition to shoes bearing the registered trademark logos for Nike and Adidas. Officials said CBP officers noticed 60 boxes from Hong Kong were labeled “Ball Golf” on a shipping manifest. Upon inspection of those boxes, the officers found...
    LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Laredo seized methamphetamine worth an estimated $18 million in two separate incidents over the weekend. According to a news release, the first seizure happened Friday at the World Trade Bridge, where CBP officers and a canine found 336 packages containing 763 pounds of methamphetamine in a Kenworth tractor that was transporting handcrafted cobblestone. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $15,266,414.CBP officers and a canine at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge discovered 139 pounds of methamphetamine in several buckets within a shipment of auto equipment. The drugs have an estimated street value of $2.7 million. (KSAT)The second seizure occurred on Saturday when CBP officers and a canine at the Colombia...
    Del Rio Sector Customs and Border Protection officers arrested 13 people after they allegedly attempted to enter the U.S. with fraudulent documents. The arrests came at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry as the migrants attempted to enter the U.S. on a commercial bus. CBP officers assigned to the Camino Real International Bridge on July 30 observed a commercial bus approaching from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, for entry into the United States. During a routine inspection, officers examined identification documents and interviewed those attempting to cross the border from Mexico, according to information obtained from Del Rio Sector CBP officials. At a secondary inspection station, officers conducted immigration interviews and found 13 Mexican nationals attempting to enter the U.S. with documents...
    Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 20,000 counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses at Chicago's O'Hare airport this year. The shipment of fake driver's licenses were sent to the United States and originated from China and other countries, according to the report from WNYW-TV. Within the first six months of this year, CBP reportedly seized 19,888 counterfeit driver's licenses and other fake documents in 1,513 shipments at O'Hare International Airport alone. Federal customs officials say the shipments arrived mostly from China and Hong Kong, but there were some shipments from South Korea and Britain. CBP said most of the counterfeit driver's licenses were for college-age students. Many had the same photo but with different names. Ralph Piccirilli, CBP's...
    Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan spoke with the Daily Caller in an exclusive interview while on the ground amid months of riots and protests in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland was the home of multiple nightly battles between federal officers and protesters. The Trump administration appeared to reach an agreement with Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on a plan to stop the violence, but confusion ensued regarding whether and when federal troops would be withdrawing. During the interview, Morgan addressed Brown’s claims that officers would begin withdrawing from the city beginning June 30. (RELATED: Inside The Riots: These Reporters Were On The Ground In Portland For Five Nights) “There is confusion,”...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. “To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. Federal agents have been stationed in Portland since June to protect a federal courthouse as...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. "To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. FBI HAS OPENED 300 'DOMESTIC TERROR' INVESTIGATIONS AS A RESULT OF RIOTS, ATTORNEY TELLS CAPITOL HEARING ON ANTIFA ...
    Mark Morgan, chief operating officer and commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), told Breitbart News on Wednesday that the federal government has authority and, in the case of protecting federal property and agents, is required by statute to enforce federal law and quell violence in cities across America. “What’s going on in Portland is very narrow, meaning that our presence there is because of the attack on the courthouse,” Morgan said.  Morgan said that for more than 60 nights “violent opportunists, anarchists” have tried to breach the barricades and fencing protecting the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse while federal officers are stationed inside. The ongoing riots come in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black...
    Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan blasted Sen. Elizabeth Warren's “ridiculous and outrageous” claim that President Trump might deploy federal forces to prevent a peaceful transfer of power if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the 2020 election. Morgan made the comment during an appearance on “Fox News @Night” on Wednesday after host Shannon Bream noted that one of the agencies Warren wants a commitment from is the Department of Homeland Security. Warren said she is concerned that federal agents will be used if Trump loses the upcoming election and refuses to leave office. Warren said she “asked them to commit that they will not let Trump use these forces in the event...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents seized more than 420 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl in three separate incidents in Southern California. CBP officers assigned to the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry on July 23 observed a commercial tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico. During an initial inspection, CBP officers observed anomalies in the cab area of the tractor, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector CBP officials. Officers conducted a physical search of the tractor’s sleeper compartment area and found two black duffle bags hidden under the sleeper. The bags contained 64 cellophane-wrapped packages, officials reported. CBP officers found more than 300lbs of meth and fentanyl hidden in the sleeper compartment of a tractor-trailer Thursday...
    “Several dozen” additional federal officers will deploy to Portland, Oregon, according to local reports, with agents looking to expand the scope of the Portland offensive and investigate groups organizing and supplying the nightly riots taking place in the several blocks surrounding the city’s federal courthouse. Portland’s public radio station also suggests that officers are looking to move beyond non-lethal forms of crowd control, but the outlet cites only unnamed federal law enforcement sources on the issue. Violence in the area surrounding Portland’s federal courthouse has ramped up in recent days after the Trump administration announced that an elite unit of the Customs and Border Patrol would be assigned to protect federal property under attack in the city. Although the city...
    On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan slammed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler by saying that the mayor is telling federal agents and officers to stop acting under their statutory authority and to “watch the criminals burn the seat of American justice to the ground.” Morgan also stated that the mayor, “instead of telling the criminals to go home,” is telling “the federal agents doing their job, protecting Americans to go home.” Morgan said that the claim that it is the federal agents and officers who are inflaming the situation and creating violence is “preposterous” and it is “unbelievable.” He continued, “So, the mayor in Portland is saying, federal...
    Criminals used metal spikes to target the vehicles of federal law enforcement agents dispatched to Portland in the latest effort by violent protesters to damage federal property, according to a top Trump administration official. Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), tweeted out a picture Saturday of dark spikes inside what looked like a federal law enforcement clear evidence bag. "Early this morning, metal spikes were used by criminals in Portland to puncture the tires of CBP vehicles," Morgan wrote on Twitter. CBP officials did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for more information on the number of vehicles damaged and whether anyone has been charged. The tweet comes as Morgan has been calling...
    Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan unloaded Wednesday on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Morgan was responding to Pelosi’s comments from several days earlier — when she had referred to federal law enforcement officials as “storm troopers” — and he told “Fox & Friends” host Griff Jenkins that Pelosi’s comments had gone “right to the heart.” WATCH: Morgan began by addressing the violence in general, saying that politics shouldn’t matter when it came to ensuring the physical safety of the people. (RELATED: ‘Irresponsible Rhetoric’: CBP Chief Condemns ‘False’ Attacks From Democrats) “This is about wanting to walk down the street and not be concerned that your baby in your stroller is going to be shot. That you can attend...
    Reuters July 22, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection arm confirmed on Tuesday it has deployed officers from three paramilitary-style units to join a federal crackdown on protests against police violence in Portland, Oregon. “We have agents and officers from our special operations groups deployed,” a CBP official said in an email. The official did not respond to questions about the number of officers deployed. Multiple videos posted online showed camouflage-clad officers without clear identification badges using force and unmarked vehicles to transport arrested protesters, tactics that civil-rights advocates said could violate protesters’ right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. President Donald Trump, who has been sliding...
    Trump administration officials on Tuesday defended federal officers deployed in Portland after criticism that the agents were unconstitutionally “kidnapping” protesters in the city. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the officers are arresting “anarchists” who vandalize federal property as others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, insist protesters have the right to peacefully assemble. “What is occurring in Portland in the early hours of every morning is not peaceful protesting,” Wolf told reporters at a Tuesday briefing with reporters. “These individuals are organized and they have one mission in mind: to burn down or cause extreme damage to the federal courthouse and to law enforcement officers.” Wolf said the federal agents, whom he described as “civilian police officers,” have arrested...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a load of 614 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a load of green onions from Mexico. Officials estimated the drug shipment to be worth approximately $1.4 million. CBP Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the Otay Mesa commercial port of entry on the afternoon of July 19 observed a tractor-trailer approaching for inspection. The driver, a 31-year-old Mexican national, presented a manifest stating the trailer contained a load of “mint leaves and other spices,” according to information obtained from San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials. Officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection area. An inspection utilization a non-intrusive imaging system revealed anomalies within the shipment. Officers had the driver move to...
    Trump administration officials on Tuesday defended federal officers deployed in Portland after criticism that the agents were unconstitutionally “kidnapping” protesters in the city. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the officers are arresting “anarchists” who vandalize federal property as others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, insist protesters have the right to peacefully assemble. “What is occurring in Portland in the early hours of every morning is not peaceful protesting,” Wolf told reporters at a Tuesday briefing with reporters. “These individuals are organized and they have one mission in mind: to burn down or cause extreme damage to the federal courthouse and to law enforcement officers.” Wolf said the federal agents, whom he described as “civilian police officers,” have arrested...
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection arm confirmed on Tuesday it has deployed officers from three paramilitary-style units to join a federal crackdown on protests against police violence in Portland, Oregon. "We have agents and officers from our special operations groups deployed," a CBP official said in an email. The official did not respond to questions about the number of officers deployed. Multiple videos posted online showed camouflage-clad officers without clear identification badges using force and unmarked vehicles to transport arrested protesters, tactics that civil-rights advocates said could violate protesters' right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. President Donald Trump, who has been sliding in...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY DEBORAH BLOOM AND TED HESSON Federal law enforcement officers are cracking down on protesters in Portland, Oregon, under the Trump administration’s new executive order to protect U.S. monuments in what the state’s Democratic governor has called “political theater.” Multiple videos posted online show camouflage-clad officers without clear identification badges using force and unmarked vehicles to transport arrested protesters. “It’s kidnapping people!” one person said off-camera, as officers marched a protester away. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokeswoman said on Friday agents had been deployed to Portland to support a newly launched U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unit,...
    The acting head of Customs and Border Protection Saturday defended his officers and denied claims that they hid their identities and were worsening tensions in Portland, Oregon “It’s just outrageous and it’s reckless,” Mark Morgan said Saturday on Fox referring to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s complaints about his agents. “The argument that the mere presence of federal officers and agents causes violence, that is outrageous and it’s ridiculous, and I believe that most American people do not believe that.” Oregon officials said they plan to sue several federal agencies, including Morgan’s, for sending in masked agents to seize and detain protesters. Demonstrations against police brutality have been going on in Portland for almost two months. Morgan denied federal officers...
    The acting head of Customs and Border Protection Saturday defended his officers and denied claims that they hid their identities and were worsening tensions in Portland, Oregon “It’s just outrageous and it’s reckless,” Mark Morgan said Saturday on Fox referring to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s complaints about his agents. “The argument that the mere presence of federal officers and agents causes violence, that is outrageous and it’s ridiculous, and I believe that most American people do not believe that.” Oregon officials said they plan to sue several federal agencies, including Morgan’s, for sending in masked agents to seize and detain protesters. Demonstrations against police brutality have been going on in Portland for almost two months. Morgan denied federal officers had...
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, attempted to blame the federal government for enflaming tensions in Portland — but immediately got fact checked. During a press conference with local media on Friday, Wheeler claimed that rhetoric from President Donald Trump and other top government officials, along with intervention from federal law enforcement officers, has enflamed violence in the City of Roses after, as the mayor claimed, local officials had quelled protesters. "The feds came in, on the heels of some really inflammatory public messaging coming out of Washington, D.C., from the president directly, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, they blew the whole thing back up again," Wheeler claimed. "So,...
    (CNN)The US Attorney for the Oregon District on Friday requested an investigation into masked, camouflaged federal authorities without identification badges who are arresting protesters in Portland.The request is aimed specifically at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel who have been captured on various videos arresting protesters and putting them in unmarked SUVs. Demonstrators in Portland have been protesting racial inequality and police brutality for the last 50 nights, US Attorney Billy J. Williams said in a statement. Federal authorities have protected the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse and, at times, interaction between protesters and law enforcement has gotten violent. Last weekend, one protester was seriously injured after the man was shot in the head with impact munition. Oregon's governor...
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pushed back Friday against a claim being amplified by liberal politicians and activists that federal agents who deployed to Portland to disperse protesters this week aren’t identifying themselves. In a statement, DHS insisted that agents are identifying themselves as Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. But they admitted agents are not wearing name tags -- citing recent doxxing incidents against law enforcement. "The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter," the DHS said in a statement. "The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country." One protester, Mark Pettibone, told The Washington Post men in green military fatigues and...
    PORTLAND—Border agents in camouflage uniforms with obscured insignias. Protesters whisked off the street. An unarmed activist shot in the head with a “less-lethal” projectile. Federal agents in Oregon are operating under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security’s critical-infrastructure force, the Federal Protective Service, Customs and Border Protection said on Friday, after facing widespread outrage over an array of remarkable tactics.  But there is no border-enforcement mission in Portland. Instead, the feds have been carrying out a crackdown on weeks of protests in favor of Black liberation and against racist police violence. CBP claims those protesters are violent, but a DHS timeline of “rampant long-lasting violence” committed by Portland protesters gave heavy emphasis to graffiti and superficial property damage....
    CHICAGO (CBS)– U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection officers in Louisville seized a shipment of a dangerous opioid that was heading to Chicago. According to officials, the shipment of acrylfentanyl from Ocotepec, Mexico and was shipped to a residence in Chicago. The shipment was seized by CBP on July 10. The shipment “was manifested as Handmade Wooden Picture Gifts and weighed 52 lbs.” Officials said the narcotics were found in the frames after x-rays on the shipment. “CBP officers were able test some of the powder, which came back as acrylfentanyl,” officials said. Officials said acrylfentanyl is a synthetic opioid and “compared to other opioid medications, most types of fentanyl are extremely powerful.”
    (CNN)The American Academy of Diplomacy urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to address "the deeply troubling pattern in the mistreatment of Black, Hispanic and other minority officers crossing U.S. border/entry points."In their letter, the veteran diplomats note, "By their own testimony, many State Department officers have endured regular and persistent discrimination and harassment by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers." Diplomats of color described to CNN repeated instances where they were targeted for extra scrutiny and harassment by border patrol officials."While in the past, some incidents came to the attention of Department leadership, the continued reports, including from our most senior members, suggest that such mistreatment lives on and too often goes unaddressed. We hope you concur that...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment of 15,750 Xanax pills in Cincinnati in late June, the agency announced Friday. The officers intercepted a parcel en route to Texas from Britain, marked as “household goods,” CBP said. The parcel produced X-ray anomalies as it passed through a local express consignment facility, prompting CPB officers to further inspect the shipment. The officers discovered 63 plastic bottles marked as “Xanax XR 2mg,” a schedule IV controlled substance that would nab a street value of more than $230,000, the agency said. “The experience and skills of our CBP officers to be able to target and seize this parcel is possibly life-saving,” Richard Gillespie, Cincinnati port director, said in a statement. “These...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — United States Customs and Border Protection officers seized 193 counterfeit watches worth more than $3.1 million at the International Mail Facility at Chicago O’Hare between June 21 and July 6, CBP officials confirm. CBP officers seized 175 parcels, most of which were inspected because they were mis-manifested and had x-ray anomalies. Most of the watches were Rolex. The watches were inspected and appraised by an import specialist, and most were deemed counterfeit due to poor package, low value and poor quality. If the watches were real, the value would have been $3,172,438. “This is a significant seizure for CBP, but unfortunately, CBP officers see counterfeit shipments like this every day,” said Shane Campbell, Area Port Director, Chicago. “Counterfeit goods...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than $11 million worth of meth entering Texas, officials confirmed Tuesday. During X-ray and K-9 inspections on July 3, officers intercepted the meth from a vehicle driving in Laredo on the World Trade Bridge, according to the Laredo Morning Times. The meth weighed 570.79 pounds and was worth an estimated $11,415,85. “These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the officers in our cargo facilities,” Port Director Gregory Alvarez said in a press release Tuesday. (Related: CBP Seizes Hundreds Of Pounds Of Drugs In Single Weekend) “Significant enforcement actions like this one illustrate CBP’s ongoing offensive against criminal networks and their organizations,” Alvarez added. Trucks are...
    LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Tuesday that agents in Laredo seized narcotics estimated to be worth over $11 million at the World Trade Bridge. The seizure of narcotics was done in one enforcement action at the World Trade Bridge on July 3. CBP said in a news release that officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a vehicle arriving from Mexico. “The shipment was referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 570.79 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the consignment,” the news release stated. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $11,415,859, CBP stated in the news release. Laredo Port of Entry Director Gregory Alvarez said large narcotics...
    Since the beginning of 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Area Port of Savannah, Georgia, have intercepted 40 stolen vehicles valued at over $1 million dollars. The hot cars were discovered by CBP officers during outbound enforcement operations and inspection of shipping containers destined for countries such as Ghana, Iraq, Libya and Jordan. 2019 Mercedes, one of 40 stolen vehicles recovered by CBP officers at Savannah Seaport since January The stolen automobiles included sedans, luxury sport utility vehicles, a pickup truck, a 2019 Rolls Royce and were acquired through a variety of fraudulent means.  Some of the vehicles were obtained from car dealerships using fraudulent identities and stolen credit cards, while others were taken via fraud from...
    Del Rio Sector CBP officers arrested a 21-year-old Texas man wanted on charges of indecency with a child at a port of entry. The man arrived as a passenger in a truck. CBP officers assigned to the Del Rio Port of Entry on June observed a 1997 black Ford Ranger approaching for inspection. The officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection station, according to information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Officers conducted interviews with the occupants of the Ranger and identified a passenger as 21-year-old Damian Edward Hernandez, a U.S. citizen from Del Rio, Texas. Officers conducted a routine biometric check and discovered an active arrest warrant on Hernandez. The warrant from the Bexar County Sheriff’s...
    SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KABC) -- It's not unusual to hear of counterfeit purses and DVDs, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized fake designer sleepwear at the Port of Los Angeles.Federal special agents assigned to the Trade Enforcement Coordination Center confiscated more than 16,000 pieces of fake Gucci, Facebook and Instagram women's sleeping dresses last month.The products were found on a shipment from China that contained 329 bales of clothing. The shipment would have sold for nearly $5.5 million at a suggested retail price."In 189 of those bales, CBP officers discovered the counterfeit products hidden in between generic versions of the sleeping dresses in a clear smuggling attempt," according to a CBP press release.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Thousands of counterfeit sleepwear items valued at almost $5.5 million were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers last month after they arrived at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport. June 12, 2020. (CBP) 16,340 counterfeit Gucci, Facebook and Instagram sleeping dresses were seized by CBP officers on June 12 after they arrived in a shipment from China. The items were found hidden between “generic sleeping dresses” in 189 of 329 bales of clothing. If real, the merchandise would have carried a retail value of $5.45 million, CBP reports. “Available on illegitimate websites and sold in underground outlets, counterfeit commodities multiply the illegal profits of smugglers and traffickers,” CBP said in a news release. “Consumers are...
    God may absolve us of our sins, but Jesus cannot hide them from Customs and Border Protection officers, who announced Tuesday they sniffed out a 9-pound shipment of ketamine someone tried to smuggle into the U.S. inside framed images of the Christ. CBP officers in Louisville, Kentucky, found the shipment on June 3. The white powdery substance was concealed inside the frames of six pictures depicting Jesus. TOP STORIES McConnell blasts double standard by pols who encouraged BLM protests, denounced lockdown ones Judge blocks removal of Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia Riots spurred by death of George Floyd take heavy toll on black lives, communities Chief Customs and Border Protection officer Brian Lick said, “The use of religious articles...