Border Patrol: November 1 - November 23, 2012

Published on Wed, Dec 5, 2012
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November 1: U.S. Border Patrol agents observed a suspicious vehicle in close proximity to the U.S./Canada border east of Sumas. Simultaneously, operators of a remote video surveillance system observed four individuals hiding in a nearby berry field. Agents located the group, all citizens of India, and determined the subjects to be illegally present in the U.S. Subsequently, agents conducted a stop of a nearby vehicle and determined the driver, also a citizen of India, to be in violation of a visitor’s visa. All five individuals were placed under arrest and processed for removal.       

November 1: U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered an individual covered in mud in close proximity to the U.S./Canada border east of Blaine. The person, a citizen of Ethiopia, admitted to having just illegally entered the U.S. The subject was placed under arrest and processed for removal.           

November 2: A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter pilot witnessed an individual walking south from the U.S./Canada border west of Lynden.  U.S. Border Patrol agents responded and located the person, a citizen of the United Kingdom. The individual admitted to being illegally present in the U.S. The subject was placed under arrest and processed for prior order of removal.  

November 3: U.S. Border Patrol agents observed a suspicious vehicle leaving the U.S./Canada border west of Sumas. Agents conducted a stop of the vehicle and determined an occupant, a citizen of Mexico, to be illegally present in the U.S. The person was placed under arrest and processed for removal.  The driver of the vehicle was determined to have legal status in the U.S. and was subsequently released.

November 12: Agents encountered an individual wearing wet and muddy clothing in close proximity to the U.S./Canada border east of Blaine. The person, a citizen of Cambodia, was determined to be illegally present in the U.S. The subject had previously been removed from the U.S. and had several criminal convictions including felony possession of marijuana. The subject was placed under arrest and processed for prior order of removal. 

November 13: Operators of a remote video surveillance system observed an individual cross the U.S./Canada border east of Blaine. U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to the area and located the person hiding in the bushes. The individual, a citizen of Turkey, was determined to be in violation his status and was illegally present in the U.S. The subject was placed under arrest and processed for removal. 

November 18: U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested one subject and seized approximately 100 pounds of ecstasy in Blaine. The arrest and seizure were the result of a vehicle stop in which a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle’s trunk indicating the presence of narcotics or concealed humans. The subject and ecstasy were turned over to ICE Homeland Security investigations pending prosecution.  The vehicle, a 2002 Honda Accord, was also processed for seizure. The drug seizure contained approximately 198,000 tablets and has an estimated street value of $3.3 million. 

November 23: Operators of a remote video surveillance system observed three people cross the U.S./Canada border east of Blaine. U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to the area and located the group of subjects who had attempted to hide. The three subjects were determined to be illegally present in the U.S. The subjects were placed under arrest and processed for removal.