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Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Border

CBP operation yields counterfeit ID, narcotics seizures

A Memphis, Tennessee-based Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operation initiated in July 2019 has yielded nearly 200 seizures of counterfeit ID cards and illegal narcotics. Operation Mega Flex involves an interagency effort seeking to measure compliance and assess illicit networks in the... Read More »

CBP opens New York processing facility

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and General Services Administration (GSA) personnel are touting the opening of a new commercial land crossing facility at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry. “This new facility truly fits the needs of the current times as the United States continues to stand... Read More »

DHS opens Center for Countering Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opened the Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first law enforcement operations center directly related to human trafficking and forced labor. The center is based in Washington and is led by U.S. Immigration and Customs... Read More »

Boston CBP personnel seize synthetic opioid shipment

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel in Boston, Mass., recently seized a Thailand shipment containing 196 grams of the opioid drug Tramadol. “Illegal trading of opioids poses a significant health threat,” Michael Denning, director of Field Operations for the Boston Field Office,... Read More »

Bill addresses southern border cartel tunnels

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has introduced a measure she said is designed to combat cross-border tunnel trafficking operations across the nation’s southern border. The DHS Illicit Border Tunnel Defense Act has a companion measure introduced by Rep.Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in the House in... Read More »

CBP Buffalo Field Office reports drug seizure increase

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials recently noted a narcotics seizure increase of more than 1,000 percent within the Buffalo Field Office during fiscal year 2020 over last year. “The work of the officers has been incredible, and their dedication to CBP's enforcement mission is... Read More »

DHS proposes new rule for biometric collection

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to expand the department’s authorities and methods for collecting biometrics to improve the screening and vetting process. The proposed rule changes would modernize biometrics collection and authorize expanded use of biometrics beyond... Read More »

Coast Guard executes international narcotics seizures

Coast Guard officials said crews recently executed narcotics seizures in international waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Sea. The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew offloaded approximately 11,500 pounds of cocaine and... Read More »

USCIS averts furlough of nearly 70 percent of workforce

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials said spending cuts and increased incoming revenue and receipts has resulted in averting an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees. “Our workforce is the backbone of every USCIS accomplishment. Their resilience and... Read More »

NSF, START examine cartel tracking

National Security Forum (NSF) and Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) personnel are espousing the benefits of a recent dialogue session focusing on efforts to track drug cartels. “An exciting development for our upcoming programs is a new collaboration NSF is building with... Read More »

California CBP personnel offer narcotics seizure report

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel along the California border with Mexico recently reported that, in June, the agency seized 43,000 pounds of narcotics valued at nearly $92 million. Officers at the six land ports of entry were able to foil numerous attempts to smuggle 34,685 pounds... Read More »

Laredo CBP intercept hard narcotics worth over $11M

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) personnel in Laredo, Texas, recently executed actions resulting in the interception of narcotics valued at more than $11.4 million. "These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the officers in our cargo... Read More »

CPB implementing Autonomous Surveillance Towers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has officially begun deploying Autonomous Surveillance Towers (AST) systems along the southwest border, providing continuous surveillance operations. “These towers give agents in the field a significant leg up against the criminal networks that... Read More »

Unapproved COVID-19 treatment capsules, tests seized

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officials said Baltimore special agents seized over 14,000 unapproved COVID-19 capsules and several COVID-19 test kits via Operation Stolen Promise. Operation Stolen Promise is a national operation that includes... Read More »

CBP Rochester seizes counterfeit COVID-19 test kits

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the recent inspection of express-consignment shipments at the Rochester New York Airport yielded seizure of counterfeit COVID-19 test kits. “I’m proud of the continued efforts of our CBP officers here in Rochester,” Rochester Port Director... Read More »

CBP intercepts $25M narcotic shipment

Laredo Port of Entry Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently executed a narcotics interception effort yielding hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $25 million. Authorities indicated the seizure occurred at the World Trade Bridge when an officer referred a... Read More »