(LAREDO, Tx.) Court Report: A Houston man was sentenced to federal prison on July.08, for conspiracy to transport noncitizens inside a trailer across the U.S. border #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.22: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Laredo Border Patrol Sector investigated this case…….

#AceDailyNews reports that a Houston man Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, was sentenced July 8 in federal court to 50 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. During sentencing, the judge noted that had transported an exceptionally high number of illegals totalling 119 in his trailer. Rhodes pleaded guilty April.07:2021

ICE/HSI INVESTIGATION REPORT

According to court documents, on Jan. 12, Rhodes arrived at the Freer Border Patrol checkpoint driving a semi-truck and refrigerated trailer. He claimed he was hauling lettuce, but authorities noticed discrepancies with his bill of lading. They also noted he appeared nervous and that the trailer was set to 30 degrees but with an internal temperature of 68. At secondary inspection, Border Patrol ultimately found 119 noncitizens in the trailer’s cargo area.

Rhodes claimed he worked for a business in La Porte, but the bill of lading indicated he was transporting lettuce from a Laredo produce company to a location in Sugar Land. The business indicated Rhodes had never been employed with them nor do they even transport outside the Houston area. The other two companies confirmed they had no record of the shipment.

The noncitizens told authorities they had been taken to a truck and told to get in the trailer. It soon departed and did not stop until it reached the checkpoint.

Rhodes was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Harrison, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted the case.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.22: 2021:

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(LAREDO, Tx.) CBP Report: Border agents with agencies arrest over 100-illegal-migrants in ‘Stash House’ being guarded by smugglers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.15: In a joint law enforcement effort, Laredo Sector Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Laredo Police Department (LPD) worked together to shut down an alleged stash house that contained a large group of individuals being guarded by smugglers in south Laredo:

CBP/HSI/Laredo Sector Border Patrol Arrests Over 100 in a Stash House: The incident occurred during the morning of June 10 when over 100 undocumented individuals were found inside the alleged stash house all of the individuals were identified as nationals of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

All the undocumented individuals were taken into custody for further investigation.  None of the individuals were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) and all were medically screened.

The smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses has not been deterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Stash house incidents such as this pose a threat not only to the people exploited by human smuggling but also to the people and safety of our Nation.

Take a stand against these criminal organizations and other potentially dangerous acts by reporting suspicious activity in our neighborhoods. To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994. If you see something, say something.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Jun.15: 2021:

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(LAREDO, Tx.) CBP/OFO REPORT: Field Operations Officers have seized narcotics with a street value of $11-million at the ‘World Street Bridge’

#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers seized hard narcotics in four separate, unrelated incidents that totaled over $11,000,000 in street value:

CBP Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry Seize Hard Narcotics Worth Over $11 Million: ‘In an effort to secure our Nation’s borders, as these narcotics seizures clearly illustrate, CBP has implemented enforcement strategies that have furthered the disruption of dangerous drugs entering the country,” said Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry.Packages containing a total of 360 pounds of
methamphetamine seized at
World Trade Bridge’

The first enforcement action occurred on April 19th at the World Trade Bridge after CBP officers encountered a tractor manifesting a shipment of copolymer regrind arriving from Mexico. The 1995 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 234 packages containing 360.23 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $7,204,632.

The second seizure occurred on April 20th at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge after a CBP officer referred a commercial bus arriving from Mexico for a secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 50 packages containing 71.20 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the bus. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $1,424,171.

The third enforcement action occurred on April 20th at the World Trade Bridge after CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of clay tile arriving from Mexico. The 2004 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 84.30 pounds of alleged cocaine, 41.40 pounds of alleged heroin and 16.35 pounds of alleged fentanyl within the trailer. The narcotics combined had an estimated street value of $2,046,880.

The fourth enforcement action occurred on April 21 at the World Trade Bridge after CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of plastic polyethylene scrap arriving from Mexico. The 1996 Freightliner and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 20 packages containing 49.6 pounds of alleged cocaine within the trailer. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $382,500.

The four interceptions have a combined street value of $11,058,183.

CBP seized the narcotics and two trailers involved in the smuggling attempts. The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Packages containing varying amounts of cocaine,
heroin and fentanyl with an aggregate street value of
$2 million seized by CBP officers at World Trade
Bridge.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.24: 2021:

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(MCALLEN, Tx.) Justice Dept Report: A man was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in federal prison following his conviction for conspiring to harbor noncitizens and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: Noe Garza, 46, from Edinburg, Texas, was sentenced March 24 in U.S. district court to 63 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Garza pleaded guilty Nov. 2, 2020:

HSI Laredo probe results in more than 5-year sentence of convicted felon for harboring noncitizens, possessing firearm: ‘Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case in coordination with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Edinburg Police Department’

At the hearing, the court heard additional information related to his criminal record to include prior convictions for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. The judge noted Garza had been breaking the law since he was 17. She added that she was particularly troubled Garza committed these crimes while having a pending human smuggling case from 2016 for which he failed to appear for sentencing.

“HSI works closely with its law enforcement partners in pursuit of identifying, arresting and bringing to justice individuals culpable of human smuggling,” said Timothy Tubbs, deputy special agent in charge of HSI Laredo. “We will continue to utilize our broad authorities to target those believed to engage in such crimes and who place personal profit ahead of public safety.”

According to court documents, on Feb. 28, 2020, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on Garza, but he fled the scene. Authorities soon apprehended him, at which time he admitted to being the caretaker of a stash house in Edinburg and helping coordinate transportation of illegal aliens farther north. A search of the residence revealed five noncitizens and two firearms. Law enforcement also found an additional firearm in the area of the traffic stop. Garza took ownership of all three firearms.

As a previously convicted felon, federal law prohibits Garza from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Garza will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility at a later date.

Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Alexis Garcia, with the Southern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.02: 2021:

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