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  • ICE Identifies More Than 200 Fraudulent Families

    10/21/2019 8:47:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 21, 2019 | Bronson Stocking
    U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) has identified 238 fraudulent cases of individuals claiming to be related in order to secure entry into the United States. Illegal aliens from Central and South America have been exploiting children to take advantage of loopholes in U.S. immigration policy. In April, the Family Fraud Initiative was launched by ICE, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Border Patrol, to investigate individuals posing as family members when applying for asylum in the United States. Under the policy known as "catch and release," families with minor children arriving to the United States are released...
  • DHS Complicit In Drug Cartel Human Trafficking

    12/21/2013 7:55:52 AM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Border: A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions. Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano once proclaimed the U.S. border to be as secure as it has ever been. Yet her department has been found by Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas to have actively undermined that security by enabling drug cartels engaged in the lucrative smuggling of children. The case before Judge Hanen — United...
  • Research shines camera on little-known, much abused pangolins

    10/16/2019 10:12:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    UPI ^ | October 16, 2019 / 3:00 AM | By Paul Brinkmann
    White-bellied tree pangolins are being hunted illegally in large numbers in West Africa. Photo courtesy of Justin Miller/Pangolin Conservation ========================================================== ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers from Florida and Illinois are leading a global effort to understand and protect the world's most trafficked mammal -- the little-known pangolin. Also called a scaly anteater, the cat-size pangolin is hunted and killed for its scales and meat in Africa and Southeast Asia. New research includes the so-called "Pango-Cam" attached to their backs to provide crucial information about the pangolin diet and territory. Without quick efforts to understand how to breed the...
  • iCoyote: How Snapchat broke the U.S. border

    10/16/2019 8:34:18 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    Pedro Sanchez-Garay worked as an Uber driver in Southern California, but he got evicted from his apartment and the money wasn’t rolling in fast enough. So he figured he would broaden his pool of riders. He answered a request on social media for some off-the-books driving — of illegal immigrants. Instructions for each pickup were provided over WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging service run by Facebook. He was promised $1,000 a pop to pick them up just after they crossed the border and drive them north deeper into the interior. It’s the gig economy of the border, or as one observer...
  • An illegals racket so big migrants can now leave Yelp ratings? Check out Michelle Malkin's new book

    09/12/2019 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2019 | Monica Showalter
    To get a sense of just how out of "the shadows" the vast illegal alien smuggling pipeline to America is, consider the little mention that migrants can now offer Yelp-style reviews for attaining the finest in illegal alien–enabling services, not just in one's choice of smuggling coyote, but in all the vast numbers of choices in NGOs offering shelters and services, according to Michelle Malkin, whose new book, Open Borders: Who's Funding America's Destruction, comes out tomorrow.
  • ‘Gulf Cartel’ Attacked CBP Boat To Protect Secret Underwater Drug Pulley

    08/27/2019 10:38:39 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies ^ | August 26, 2019 | Sara Carter
    Armed smugglers allegedly associated with the Gulf Cartel were responsible for the onslaught of automatic fire that endangered the lives a Border Patrol Marine Unit in early August, as it policed the banks for drug smugglers and human traffickers along the Rio Grande Valley River, in Texas. Department of Homeland Security investigators recently uncovered that it was to prevent the Border Patrol boat from trampling or breaking an underwater pulley line devised by the cartel to transport large quantities of cocaine into the United States, according to a For Official Use Only law enforcement sensitive document obtained by The...
  • Here’s why eliminating the illegal drug trade will be impossible: $150 billion a year

    08/21/2019 10:37:29 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 59 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/21/19 | Jon Dougherty
    A new study by the non-partisan RAND Corporation helps explain why it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to ever stop the illicit drug trade: It’s worth tens of billions of dollars per year. Researchers at the think tank wrote in their report that illegal narcotics generate some $150 billion annually, or as much as the amusement and gambling industry generated in 2016. The exhaustive analysis of drug use and spending data contained in the report indicates that there are about 30 million chronic drug users in the U.S. alone as of 2016, with major increases in the number...
  • Florida woman who pulled gator from yoga pants gets probation

    08/15/2019 8:29:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 15, 2019 | Ben Feuerherd
    A Florida woman who was arrested for pulling a small alligator out of her yoga pants during a traffic stop pleaded guilty to illegally possessing animals and was sentenced to probation, authorities said. The woman, 25-year-old Ariel Machan-Le Quire, was arrested in May when she and 22-year-old Michael Clemons were pulled over by Charlotte County cops after Clemons ran a stop sign, according to police.
  • Trio charged with smuggling Mexican boy, 9, into Texas to sell him for $2,500, officials say

    08/02/2019 2:18:50 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | AUGUST 01, 2019 | DAWSON WHITE
    Three people have been charged after conspiring to smuggle a 9-year-old boy from Mexico to Texas to be sold, officials say. Elida Moreno, 26, was paid $1,700 to use her son’s birth certificate to smuggle a 9-year-old boy into the United States, officials say. She is a U.S. citizen living in Piedras Negras, Mexico. The boy is believed to have been kidnapped. Officials say Moreno entered the U.S. through Eagle Pass, Texas, where she and the boy stayed in a hotel before taking a shuttle to San Antonio the next day. She’d been asked by a friend’s neighbor to meet...
  • Authorities bust $12M cigarette smuggling operation based in Fayetteville

    07/23/2019 3:48:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/22/19 | Mattew Burns
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — More than two dozen people were arrested last week in connection with a $12 million cigarette smuggling operation based in Fayetteville, authorities said Monday. U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon said Justin Brent Freeman and his wholesale business, FreeCo Inc., at 231 Williams St., served as a hub for the illegal operation. People would pay cash for large quantities of cigarettes at FreeCo and other retailers in North Carolina, including Sam's Club stores in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Goldsboro, and would then pack the cigarettes into rental cars for shipment to Virginia, Higdon said. In Richmond or Alexandria, Va., the...
  • Colombian National Pleads Guilty to Operating an International Fentanyl (truncated)

    07/15/2019 11:21:19 AM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | July 12, 2019 | DOJ
    Full Title: Colombian National Pleads Guilty to Operating an International Fentanyl Trafficking Organization from a Canadian Prison Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 12, 2019 Colombian National Pleads Guilty to Operating an International Fentanyl Trafficking Organization from a Canadian Prison A Colombian fentanyl trafficker, who was scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 1, 2019, pleaded guilty earlier today to drug trafficking and money laundering charges as the leader and organizer of an international continuing criminal enterprise while incarcerated in Quebec, Canada.  The enterprise involved distributing fentanyl and other similar substances from Canada and...
  • Coast Guardsman jumps onto narco-submarine loaded with drugs in Pacific Ocean (video)

    07/12/2019 7:19:59 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/11/2019 | ABC7
    Video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows crew members boarding a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, with one pounding on the hatch until someone inside opened it, reportedly finding over 17,000 pounds of cocaine. Coast Guardsman jumps onto narco-submarine loaded with drugs in Pacific Ocean
  • Gulf Cartel’s Head of Migrant Smuggling Was in U.S. Custody, But Released After 15 Days

    07/10/2019 3:22:39 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Jul 2019 | Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby
    One of the men suspected of controlling the smuggling of migrants for the Gulf Cartel was previously arrested by U.S. authorities and released 15 days later on a single immigration charge. The man is considered one of the cartel’s most violent enforcers in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. As Breitbart News exclusively reported, Hector “La Mimi or M-22” Sanchez Rivera is currently a leading enforcer for the Gulf Cartel along with his brother, Ernesto. They are directly responsible for controlling the smuggling of migrants from Gulf Cartel territory in Mexico to South Texas. The duo fostered a reputation for violence and is linked...
  • Two active-duty Marines arrested after allegedly smuggling undocumented Mexican immigrants

    07/09/2019 9:29:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9 | Meagan Flynn
    Lance Cpls. Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero, based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., were arraigned Monday in federal court on charges of transporting undocumented immigrants “for financial gain,” accused of taking jobs from “recruiters” and following instructions from unknown people in Mexico to make extra cash on the side. ... In this case, the Marines fell under suspicion on July 3 after a Border Patrol agent saw a black vehicle momentarily park in the dirt median of Interstate 8 near Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif. Then, he spotted footprints in the dirt seeming to lead toward the car, according...
  • Teacher, 42, dies after swallowing bag of cocaine to smuggle back to Dubai from Manchester

    06/04/2019 9:53:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 6/4/2018 | Douglas Patient
    A BRIT teacher accidentally killed herself with a lethal overdose after she swallowed a bag of cocaine in a first-class airport lounge while waiting to fly home to Dubai. Victoria Buchanan, 42, ingested the resealable bag when she realised she still had the drug in her possession while drinking a glass of champagne after she checked in with her luggage. The mum-of-three had earlier acquired £200 worth of the Class A drug during a family visit to the UK with her husband Mark who is a shipping company boss. She had £60 worth of cocaine left when she decided to...
  • Honduras president, others targets of DEA investigation [Cocaine Smuggling, $$$ Laundering]

    05/31/2019 5:12:28 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 21 replies
    AP ^ | May 30, 2019 | Claudia Torrens & Christopher Sherman
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. federal court documents show Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and some of his closest advisers were among the targets of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.</p> <p>A document filed by prosecutors on Tuesday in the Southern District of New York mentions Hernández as part of a group of individuals investigated by the DEA since about 2013 for participating “in large-scale drug-trafficking and money laundering activities relating to the importation of cocaine into the United States”.</p>
  • Idema Lawyer Wants Trial Moved

    08/11/2004 4:47:39 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 3 replies · 172+ views
    Fayetteville (NC) Observer | August 11, 2004 | Greg Barnes
    The lawyer for Jonathan Keith ''Jack'' Idema said Tuesday that he doesn't think Idema can get a fair trial in an Afghan court. Idema, who is from Fayetteville, has been held in an Afghan jail since his July 5 arrest on charges of kidnapping and torturing Afghan citizens. Two other Americans, Brent Bennett of Fayetteville and Ed Caraballo of New York, are being held with him. Idema has been identified as the leader of the group. He has said he and the others were hunting down terrorists. A hearing in a Kabul court for the three men was set to...
  • Armed smugglers escort migrants to border, surveillance video shows

    04/27/2019 10:16:25 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 11 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 24Apr19 | Fox Business
    Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) reacts to a surveillance video that shows heavily armed men escorting migrants into the United States.
  • Feds: Mold, Sewage, Cockroaches in Cicero Home Where Immigrants Were Held

    03/28/2019 2:17:24 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 28, 2019 | Jon Seidel
    Concepcion Malinek's tried to help the immigrants, offering them shelter from trouble in Guatemala, her lawyer said. When they got to the Cicero home where a woman had allegedly “enslaved” Guatemalan immigrants for years, the FBI had to break down every door, a prosecutor said. Inside, agents found “deplorable” conditions. Mold. Cockroaches. Mattresses “all over the place.” And sewage backing up in the basement where Concepcion Malinek allegedly forced the immigrants — one as young as 18 months old — to live. Malinek told the immigrants they couldn’t leave until they paid debts to her worth thousands of dollars, prosecutors...
  • Trade War: 1 Million Lbs of Smuggled Chinese Meat Seized in NJ Amid Swine Plague

    03/19/2019 10:17:33 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 30 replies ^ | March 18, 2019 | No Byline
    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials seized 1 million pounds of pork products at the Newark, New Jersey maritime point of entry Friday. The meat is believed to have been smuggled from China, where there is currently an outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF). During a Friday news conference, officials announced the seizure of over 50 shipping containers containing pork products. "Agriculture specialists made a critical interception of these prohibited animal products, and stopped them from entering the US before they could potentially cause grave damage," Troy Miller, director of CBP field operations for the cities of New...