(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) USCG REPORT: The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home Saturday, following a successful 56-day Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) & District Seven (D7) Patrol in the Caribbean Sea leading to detaining drug smugglers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.16: Resolute, with the assistance from a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) maritime patrol aircraft, tracked and pursued a drug smuggling vessel for eight hours, culminating in a successful intercept and seizure. The suspected smugglers were detained and later transferred for case disposition in the United States.

#AceDailyNews reports that the the coast guards patrol, Resolute interdicted multiple suspected smugglers on a go-fast vessel obtaining 279.5 kilograms of cocaine, and rescued 260 Haitian migrants …….

News Release : U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
305-607-6347
PA Detachment Tampa Bay online newsroom

Coast Guard cutter Resolute returns home from 56-day deployment

Resolute patrols through the Isle de Tortue Canal off the coast of Haiti in September 2021.

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Due to increased political instability in Haiti, Resolute’s tasking shifted to Alien Migration Interdiction Operations in the Windward Pass; specifically to overtly patrol and discourage unsafe maritime migration voyages. On Sept. 24, Resolute conducted one of the largest single-unit repatriations into Cap Haitien, Haiti in recent history. Small-boat crews conducted 78 consecutive transfers safely returning all 260 migrants and their personal belongings back to Haitian authorities.    

On Sept. 22, Resolute interdicted an overcrowded sail freighter with 183 Haitian migrants including 17 children and infants aboard. Bound for the United States, the 55-foot vessel was dangerously overloaded and lacked sufficient navigation and safety equipment to make the journey. All 183 migrants were transferred safely to the cutter where they were provided food, water, shelter, and medical attention. In less than 24-hours, Resolute received an additional 77 migrants from another Coast Guard asset, raising the total count to 260.

“The migrant interdiction mission is always unique; while the migrants are attempting to escape the poor living conditions in Haiti, their unsafe voyages risk the lives of innocent people, including children,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Wooley, a maritime enforcement specialist. “It is unfortunate to see, but it makes us feel good knowing that we potentially saved 183 people from capsizing and drowning at sea.”

After a long and successful patrol, the crew is eager to return home and spend the holiday season with friends, family and loved ones.

“The crew’s actions during this patrol were heroic and inspiring. I am especially impressed with their professional dexterity and ability to shift from counter-drug operations to humanitarian missions in a moment’s notice, embracing our service motto: Semper Paratus-Always Ready,” said Cmdr. Justin Vanden Heuvel, commanding officer of Resolute.

Resolute is a 210-foot Reliance class cutter and has a crew of 72. Resolute was commissioned on December 8, 1966, and is homeported St. Petersburg, Florida. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Oct.16: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) ICE/HSI Announces ‘rewards’ for information leading to ‘capture,arrest & conviction of Pakistani Migrant Smuggler who facilitates human smuggling network #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.16: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announces two rewards for information on Pakistani national and human smuggler Abid Ali Khan (Khan). A reward of up to $1 million is offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Khan and a second $1 million reward is offered for information leading to the financial disruption of Khan’s human smuggling network.

#AceDailyNews reports that the ‘Department of State’ offers 2 $1M rewards for information leading to arrest, conviction or financial disruption of Pakistani human smuggler:

Khan allegedly operates a Pakistani-based smuggling network to facilitate the travel of undocumented individuals into the United States from the Middle East and southwest Asia in exchange for payment. In addition to the planning or operations of the illegal and dangerous travel, Khan also provides false documentation to foreign nationals to use for cross-border travel.

Smuggling organizations are both a national security threat and a public safety risk. They take advantage of vulnerable populations and jeopardize their lives through violence, abuse, hostage-taking, or extortion. Human smuggling is a gateway crime for additional criminal offenses, including illegal immigration, identity theft, document and benefit fraud, gang activity, financial fraud, and terrorism. To mitigate this threat, HSI strives to identify, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal human smuggling networks operating around the globe.

“Abid Ali Khan is alleged to be a prolific human smuggler who commands a criminal organization that spans the globe. Khan is a very dangerous individual whose activities and associations may pose a national security risk to the United States and our partner nations,” said Anthony Salisbury Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations, Miami. “Khan is willing to smuggle individuals by any means necessary which can ultimately place vulnerable migrants in harm’s way. Through our strong domestic and international partnerships, I know we will be able to arrest this individual and stop his illicit activities that facilitate the movement of nefarious actors around the world.”

On April 7, 2021, the Department of Justice unsealed a federal indictment against Khan filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. The indictment charges Khan with Conspiracy to Encourage and Induce an Alien to Unlawfully Enter the United States, Encouraging and Inducing an Alien to Unlawfully Enter the United States, and Bringing an Alien to the United States. On the same date, the Department of the Treasury levied sanctions against Khan pursuant to Executive Order 13581 “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations,” stemming from the same criminal conduct.

This reward is offered under the Department of State’s (DOS) Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program (TOCRP). More than 75 transnational criminals and major narcotics traffickers have been brought to justice under the TOCRP and the Narcotics Rewards Program (NRP) since 1986. DOS has paid more than $135 million in rewards to date.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs manages the TOCRP in close coordination with HSI, the Drug Enforcement Administration the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and other U.S. government agencies.

For more information on the individual listed above and the TOCRP and NRP, please see DOS INL Anti-Crime Rewards Program.

HSI is a directorate of 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: Oct.16: 2021:

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(EDINBURG, Tx.) CBP REPORT: Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents respond to two human smuggling stash houses and a highway smuggling attempt on Oct.04: 2021: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.06: Later that evening, at approximately 7 p.m., RGV agents assisted Starr County Sheriff’s Office deputies execute a warrant at a residence in Roma, Texas, known for illegal activity. Upon entering the apartment, law enforcement officials discovered seven illegally present migrants and one caretaker, a United States citizen. The seven migrants, including an unaccompanied child, are from Mexico, El Salvador, and Romania.Stash house bust.

#AceDailyNews reports that RGV in the early morning hours, a Border Patrol agent observed a white Dodge Ram truck pick up several subjects from the brush on Highway 285. Agents attempted to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Corral Street and Highway 77, but the driver failed to yield.

The truck veered off-road and several subjects exited the vehicle and ran into the brush. After searching the nearby area, agents located four illegally present migrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. The driver was not located.

Stash house bust.

Additionally, 30 subjects were arrested at a human smuggling stash house in Edinburg, Texas….

All subjects are being processed accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the health and safety of migrants or the citizens of the U.S. they may encounter. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Oct.06: 2021:

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) USCG Cutter Reef Shark Report: Transferred custody of two smugglers and offloaded approximately 250 kilograms cocaine on Saturday, following Cutter Kathleen Moore’s interdiction of a go-fast smuggling vessel in the Caribbean Sea #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: The apprehended smugglers are Dominican Republic nationals, who were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine aboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

#AceDailyNews reports that the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark transferred custody of two smugglers and offloaded approximately 250 kilograms cocaine at Coast Guard Base San Juan Saturday, following Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore’s interdiction of a go-fast smuggling vessel in the Caribbean Sea.

News Release: U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA Office
Office: 787-729-2381
After Hours: 787-510-7923
7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands online newsroom

Coast Guard nabs 2 smugglers, seizes $7.5 million in cocaine following interdiction in Caribbean Sea

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The cocaine seized has an estimated wholesale value of approximately $7.5 million dollars. U.S. Coast Guard Special Assistant United States Attorney Jordan H. Martin is in charge of the prosecution of this case.

The interdiction resulted from multi-agency efforts in support of U.S. Southern Command’s enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere and coordination with the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).

During a routine patrol Wednesday, a U.S. Maritime Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) detected a suspect go-fast vessel, approximately 145 nautical miles south of the Dominican Republic. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan diverted the cutter Kathleen Moore to carry out the interdiction.  With the assistance of the cutter’s small boat, the crew of the Kathleen Moore interdicted the 25-foot vessel that was carrying two men and 10 bales of suspected contraband onboard, which tested positive for cocaine.

“The crew did a great job working with interagency partners and Coast Guard watchstanders preventing this drug smuggling go-fast from making landfall,” said Lt. Andrew R. Collins, cutter Kathleen Moore commanding officer.  “We are glad to help keep these drugs off the streets, and we will continue to work diligently with fellow Coast Guard units and our interagency partners to stop these drug-smuggling attempts in the high seas.” 

The seized drugs and detainees were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez and then to the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark for transport to Puerto Rico, where federal law enforcement agents from the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force received custody.

Cutters Kathleen Moore and Heriberto Hernandez are 154-foot fast response cutters respectively homeported in Key West, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Cutter Reef Shark is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The CCSF is an initiative of the U.S. Attorney’s Office created to disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations operating in the Caribbean. CCSF is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) that investigates South American-based drug trafficking organizations responsible for the movement of multi-kilogram quantities of narcotics using the Caribbean as a transshipment point for further distribution to the United States. The initiative is composed of HSI, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Coast Guard, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Police Department’s (PRPD) Joint Forces for Rapid Action.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Sept.28: 2021:

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(TAMPA, Fla.) Justice Dept Court Report: Six Individuals of Colombian Nationals Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Use “Narco-Submarines” for smuggling drugs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: Six individuals who are part of the Fernando Pineda-Jimenez Transnational Criminal Organization have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a conspiracy to distribute cocaine using vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the United States (U.S.)

#AceDailyNews reports that U.S. interdicted three SPSS vessels smuggling nearly 42,000lbs of cocaine: Fernando Pineda-Jimenez, a/k/a “Padrino,” 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Pineda-Jimenez faces a minimum mandatory of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum term of life imprisonment…

DEA

Luis Ernesto Perez-Quevedo, a/k/a “Acuerpado,” 45, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S., and one count of conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine into the U.S. Perez-Quevedo faces a minimum mandatory of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Adrian Luna-Munoz, a/k/a “Vaca,” 45, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Luna-Munoz faces a minimum mandatory of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Yesid Eduardo Torres-Solis, a/k/a “Perro,” 41, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Torres-Solis faces a minimum mandatory of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Hector Ruiz-Angulo, a/k/a “Maestro,” 54, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Ruiz-Angulo faces a minimum mandatory of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Rodrigo Pineda-Torres, a/k/a “Gordo,” 53, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine into the U.S. Pineda-Torres was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

A separate co-conspirator, Jimmy Riascos-Riascos, was sentenced in January 2020 to 24 years and four months’ imprisonment for his role in the same conspiracy. Another co-conspirator in that case, Alonso Pineda-Torres, a/k/a “Galladita,” is awaiting sentencing.

According to the plea agreements filed in this case, the defendants were part of a transnational criminal organization that dispatched self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessels, sometimes known as narco-submarines, from Colombia into the Pacific Ocean, destined for Sinaloa Cartel members in Oaxaca, Mexico. The defendants served various roles and responsibilities such as overseeing security at the SPSS construction sites and building the fiberglass hulls for these vessels. Fernando Pineda-Jimenez was identified as, and admitted to, being the boss of the organization.

In July and August 2015, and March 2016, in international waters, the U.S. interdicted three SPSS vessels that had departed from Colombia and were en route to Mexico. The first SPSS carried approximately 6,900 kilograms of cocaine, the August 2015 SPSS carried approximately 6,845 kilograms of cocaine, and the March 2016 SPSS contained approximately 5,824 kilograms of cocaine. In total, the SPSS vessels carried over 19,000 kilograms (or nearly 42,000 pounds) of cocaine.  A substantial portion of that cocaine was ultimately intended for the U.S.  A separate SPSS, linked to Rodrigo Pineda-Torres, was seized in October 2017 in Colombia before it could be loaded with cocaine.  

This case was investigated by the Tampa District Office Panama Express Strike Force, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force comprised of agents and analysts from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Interagency Task Force South. The Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs substantially assisted in the extradition of the defendants to the United States.  It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Sept.17: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K) Magistrates Court Report: A man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a major people smuggling investigation has been charged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: Vietnamese national Ho Sy Quoc, aged 21, of Grove Lane in Handsworth, will appear before Birmingham Magistrates today (14 September) charged with assisting unlawful immigration…..

#AceDailyNews reports on an NCA UPDATE: Smuggling Investigation Report: Vietnamese National has been arrested and charged in connection with people smuggling of illegal immigration: The man is now being questioned on suspicion of assisting illegal immigration to the UK and money laundering offences……

Update: 14 September 2021

The charges relate to the alleged smuggling of Vietnamese migrants into the UK in the backs of lorries in August and September 2020.

13 September 2021

A man who is suspected of being a high-ranking member of a Vietnamese people smuggling network has been arrested as part of a National Crime Agency operation in Birmingham.

suspect being escorted to the police car

The 23-year-old Vietnamese national was held during a raid on a property in the Handsworth area at around six o’clock this morning (Monday 13 September).

He was detained by NCA officers as he attempted to exit the building out of a window onto a flat roof below.

A large quantity of cash, estimated to be around £10,000, was also recovered from the property.

The arrest is the latest phase of an investigation into the smuggling of mainly Vietnamese migrants into the UK in the backs of lorries in August and September 2020.

NCA Branch Operations Manager Paul Boniface said: We are determined to disrupt and dismantle people smuggling networks wherever they are operating: These groups treat people as a commodity to be profited from and are quite happy to put lives at risk in dangerous journeys in the back of trucks or in small boats: Protecting life and preventing exploitation are our priorities, and this investigation continues.”…….The NCA leads the law enforcement response to the organised criminality involved in the trafficking and smuggling of people impacting upon the UK: The agency investigates the highest harm criminal networks, and currently has around 50 ongoing investigations into networks or individuals in the top tier of organised immigration crime or human trafficking.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.17: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) ICE REPORT: Maritime smuggling events in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties increased significantly this summer reaching record levels #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: Just in the month of July, members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Regional Coordination Mechanism (ReCoM), in coordination with local law enforcement agencies, have responded to 12 smuggling events in the area.

#AceDailyNews reports that maritime smuggling activity increases in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties as DHS Regional Coordination Mechanism (ReCoM) responds to record number of smuggling events…..

The ReCoM comprises Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO).

These smuggling attempts along the coastline of Palos Verdes, Long Beach, San Pedro, Malibu, Newport Beach, and the first-ever panga landing in Santa Catalina Island, resulted in the apprehension of 90 undocumented individuals. While most were adult males of diverse nationalities, females and teenagers were also among those apprehended.

Although smuggling activity through the coastline is nothing new, it was an activity traditionally seen near the Southwest border. As enforcement operations ramp up at the border, criminal organizations have expanded their area of operations further north.

“The transnational criminal organizations involved with maritime smuggling are a continuing threat to border security, public safety and national security,” said David A. Prince, Special Agent in Charge for HSI Los Angeles. “Identifying, targeting and reducing these security vulnerabilities affecting the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex, Southern and Central California coastlines and the waterways and transportation infrastructure that tie into them — is a priority for HSI and HSI’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST). Working closely with our federal and local partners, HSI will use all the resources and tools at our disposal to dismantle these organizations at every level of operation.”

The ReCoM is working tirelessly to identify, intercept, and disrupt criminal organizations operating in Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties. These smuggling events often use pleasure crafts and repurposed Mexican fishing vessels known as “pangas,” to smuggle migrants and narcotics into the area.

“With the support of our strategic ReCoM partners we stand united in combating and disrupting the transnational criminal organizations behind this illegal activity,” said USBP San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. “We will continue to work collaboratively with our domestic and international partners to detect, intercept and disrupt these dangerous smuggling events.”

“This concerted effort demonstrates our ability to work seamlessly with our partners to combat maritime smuggling by criminals who have a blatant disregard for human life”, said Carlos C. Martel CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “In coordination with our strategic partners we will continue deploying strategic resources as well as information-sharing strengthening our posture to deter and disrupt human smuggling activities.”

“Heartless and unscrupulous smugglers continue exposing undocumented individuals, men, women and children to the grave dangers associated with maritime smuggling including capsizing, hypothermia and drowning,” said AMO’s Deputy Director, Air Operations
San Diego Air and Marine Branch, Brandon Tucker.

“It is because of the unity of effort of our ReCoM, law enforcement and public safety partners that we are able to impede the flow of smuggling and save lives.” said Captain Rebecca Ore, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach.

Smuggling along the California coastline is inherently dangerous and criminal organizations are not concerned with public safety. They see migrants and narcotics as simply cargo.

This has been evidenced by the nationally publicized smuggling event that occurred on May 2, at Point Loma in San Diego, were a shipwrecked vessel smuggling 33 people into the United States, resulted in three fatalities and numerous hospitalizations.

On July 8, two migrants were hospitalized with hypothermia after a panga capsized in Encinitas. Before that, on May 20, a migrant perished after smugglers aboard a panga dropped-off migrants into the surf. Also this year, on April 17, a deceased migrant was found onboard an abandoned panga in Carlsbad.

The safety of the community is the ReCoM’s top priority, and they are vigilant 24/7. To report suspicious maritime activity in Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties, please contact the USCG Sector LA-LB Command Center at (310) 521-3801 or call (562) 283-7820 and request to be transferred to the Maritime Coordination Center (MCC).

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: Aug.28: 2021:

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(FLORIDA) JUST IN: Border Patrols have seized at least 42-Haitians in an alleged smuggling operation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.25: At least 42 migrants, including women and children, were detained in the “maritime smuggling event,” Chief Patrol Agent Thomas Martin of the Border Patrol’s Miami Sector tweeted. ….

#AceDailyNews says that the migrants, who included women and children, were detained, authorities saidDozens of Haitians were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol officials near Key Biscayne, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon after the group came ashore in an alleged human smuggling operation, officials said.

2 hours ago

Haiti earthquake survivors stranded without shelter, medicine as death toll approaches 2,000
HAITI QUAKE: TENSIONS GROW OVER AID AS DEATHS PASS 2K

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 14 has left more than 2,200 dead in the Caribbean country and injured more than 12,000 others. At least 53,000 houses were destroyed. 

Aid efforts there have been hampered by the looting of aid trucks in the chaotic aftermath, according to CBS News

Key Biscayne is across the Rickenbacker Causeway from Miami.

Officials said they are investigating whether the group was smuggled to the United States. The vessel involved was seized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.25: 2021:

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(CANTERBURY,U.K.) Crown Court Report:A truck driver who tried to smuggle almost 100kg of cocaine into U.K. with ‘street-value’ of £7.5-million has been jailed for 11 years as part of a National Crime Agency investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.03: Officers searched his truck and cut into a suspicious pallet of boxes and white powder spilled out: Inside the truck was a total of 94kg of cocaine with a street value of £7.5m: Ivankovic’s DNA was on the boxes containing the drugs and he admitted trying to smuggle the Class A: Ivankovic, from Banja Luka, in north Bosnia, was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday (29 July).

#AceDailyNews reports on a trucker who has been jailed for 11-years for smuggling drugs worth more than £7m of cocaine: Miodrag Ivankovic, 45, was stopped by Border Force officers on 6 September at the freight controls in Dover after arriving from Calais.

Miodrag IVANKOVIC

NCA Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “We and our Border Force partners have taken a significant consignment of cocaine out of the supply chain: The organised crime group behind the plot have lost profits they would have ploughed back into more offending and they have lost a trusted smuggler: Drugs bring misery to UK communities and the NCA will continue to do everything it can to combat the threat.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.03: 2021:

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(ATHENS) NCA Project Invigor Report: Eight arrested in Greece targets major international people smuggling network intercepted on July.14: 2021: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.23: The operation saw a speedboat intercepted off the island of Lefkada on 14 July as it headed towards Italy, carrying 14 migrants: The vessel attempted to out-run Greek authorities, but was eventually stopped after coastguards fired warning shots. The pilot was arrested after throwing himself into the sea in an attempt to escape, leaving the migrants adrift…

#AceDailyNews reports that officers from Project Invigor, the National Crime Agency-led taskforce targeting organised immigration crime, have taken part in an operation which has seen eight members of a major people smuggling network arrested in Greece in July…

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Shortly afterwards another seven people were arrested as Greek police raided a number of properties in Athens, seizing cash, mobile phones, forged travel documents and another boat: Those arrested included three Iraqi nationals, two Greek nationals, two Ukrainian nationals and one Turkish national. They will all now face charges: The organised crime group is alleged to have charged migrants between five and seven thousand euros to transport them through Greece and then onwards towards Italy: Many would then move up into northern Europe, with some ending up trying to reach the UK: NCA officers, working as part of Project Invigor, played a crucial role in the operation, helping the Hellenic Police identify and locate the OCG’s leaders and providing support to the overall investigation.

Dave Hucker, Regional Head for NCA International, said: Through Project Invigor we are seeking to attack the people smuggling OCGs impacting upon the UK at every step of the route, in source countries, in transit countries like Greece, as well as at the UK border: This operation, which saw us work in partnership with the Greek police, is an example of that in action: There is no doubt that some of the migrants smuggled from Turkey, through Greece and onwards by this OCG would have ended up attempting to enter the UK illegally as well: Those involved in organised immigration crime are ruthless and happy to treat people as a commodity to be profited from. We are determined to do all we can to stop them: Project Invigor is the UK’s organised immigration crime taskforce set up to target the criminal networks behind people smuggling impacting on the UK: Led by the NCA, it also includes Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and the Crown Prosecution Service. Officers work in the UK and internationally.

19 July 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.23: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Seven people have been arrested as part of an operation aimed at dismantling an organised crime group involved in transporting hundreds of Albanian migrants to the UK illegally #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.23: The group are alleged to have had contacts across Europe, in France, Germany the Netherlands and Poland…..

#AceDailyNews reports that seven arrests have been made as NCA dismantles Albanian people smuggling network suspected of bringing hundreds to the UK these were among those detained by NCA officers in a series of raids in south London, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Hartlepool yesterday (20 July) was the alleged ringleader of the people smuggling network, which investigators believe used lorries and hired vans to transport individuals from northern France.

A group of smuggled migrants crouched down in the back of a van with their faces covered.

Over a period of six months between July and December 2020 six such attempts were stopped by Border Force officers carrying out searches of vehicles at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, near Calais.

All have subsequently been linked to the OCG under investigation by the NCA.

In one of those attempts, in August last year, two vans were intercepted within half an hour of each other, each carrying ten Albanian migrants.

The drivers of all the stopped vehicles were arrested and investigated by Immigration Enforcement.

In May 2021 two further attempts linked to the network were stopped, as NCA investigators shared intelligence with French and German counterparts which led to vehicles containing migrants being halted by police before they could reach the coast.

In some cases migrants are believed to have paid the OCG between �20,000 and �25,000 to reach the UK. NCA financial investigators have identified numerous bank accounts alleged to belong to the network, each showing tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds in turnover.

All seven arrested today are now being questioned on suspicion of offences including conspiring to facilitate illegal entry to the UK and money laundering.

The operation, which involved around 100 officers, was supported by the Metropolitan Police and Immigration Enforcement. Approximately �30,000 cash was also detained.

NCA Branch Commander Richard Harrison said: We believe these arrests will have significantly disrupted an organised criminal network responsible for smuggling potentially hundreds of people into the UK illegally: The network claimed to provide a top of the range service and charged accordingly, using complicit drivers to transport migrants in hired vehicles: This activity represented a significant threat to both the safety of the migrants involved and the security of UK border controls.”

NCA Deputy Director Andrea Wilson added: This operation shows that people smugglers are right at the top of the NCA’s target list: It is a form of criminality that sees people exploited for profit by criminals who have no regard for human life: Those involved in organised immigration crime should know that our officers are working day and night with partners in the UK and abroad to find them, disrupt and dismantle their business models and bring them to justice: I also have a message today for drivers, commercial or otherwise, who would consider assisting these organised criminal networks by transporting migrants on their behalf.

21 July 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.23: 2021:

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(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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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: An Afghan national suspected of being one of the leaders of an international people smuggling network has been arrested #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.16: Jabarkhel is suspected of being a high-ranking member of a significant Afghan organised crime group involved in transporting migrants from northern France and Belgium into the UK in the back of lorries.

#AceDailyNews reports that suspected head of international people smuggling network arrested by the NCA: Gul Wali Jabarkhel, aged 32, who was in the UK illegally, was detained by officers in Colindale on the evening of Thursday 8 July.

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The group had contacts with other OCGs based in Belgium, and planned to use complicit lorry drivers to smuggle migrants across the Channel on a regular basis.

After he was questioned by NCA investigators, Crown Prosecution Service lawyers authorised two charges of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration to the UK.

He appeared at Willesden Magistrates court on 10 July and was remanded to custody to appear at Harrow Crown court on 6 August.

NCA Branch Commander Andy Noyes said: This is a significant arrest. Jabarkhel is suspected of running a criminal enterprise which involved migrants being moved across the channel in lorries in dangerous circumstances: Organised immigration crime sees people treated as a commodity to be exploited and profited from, and tackling it is a priority for the NCA: This arrest is another example of the success we are having in targeting those suspected of involvement in people smuggling impacting on the UK. Others engaged in this kind of activity should take note.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.16: 2021:

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) USCG REPORT: The crew of CG Cutter Joseph Tezanos repatriated 38 migrants to the Dominican Republic Friday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage Thursday in Mona Passage waters near Desecheo Island #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.27: The aircrew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft detected the illegal voyage Friday morning, approximately 15 nautical miles northwest of Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos responded to the sighting and interdicted the 35-foot vessel with the assistance of the cutter’s small boat. The cutter’s crew safely embarked the migrants from the makeshift vessel that was grossly overloaded vessel and taking on water. A Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine unit also responded and arrived on scene to assist.

USCG: Coast Guard repatriates 38 migrants to the Dominican Republic, following interdiction of illegal voyage near Puerto Rico that is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies to combat illegal migrant smuggling.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 06/25/2021 06:12 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA Office
Office: 787-729-2381
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An illegal voyage is interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos near Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico June 24, 2021. The cutter Joseph Tezanos crew repatriated 38 migrants from this case to the Dominican Republic June 25, 2021. The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies in Puerto Rico to combat illegal migrant smuggling. (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

Coast Guard repatriates 38 migrants to the Dominican Republic, following interdiction of illegal voyage near Puerto Rico

A migrant vessel representing conditions aboard illegal voyages in the Mona Passage lays empty shortly after being interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos near Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico June 24, 2021. The cutter Joseph Tezanos repatriated 38 migrants from this case to the Dominican Republic June 25, 2021. The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies in Puerto Rico to combat illegal migrant smuggling. (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

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Prior to embarking cutter Joseph Tezanos, the crew provided the migrants with lifejackets.  Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, the migrants receive food, water and basic medical attention.

“The strong partnerships, collaboration and efficient coordination between the Coast Guard and our CBIG and Dominican Republic navy partners helped save the lives of all the migrants in this case and ensured their safe return to the Dominican Republic,” said Capt. Gregory H. Magee, Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan.   “To anyone considering taking part in an illegal voyage, don’t take to the sea!  These voyages are extremely dangerous, the vessels are unseaworthy and most often grossly overloaded. Additionally, they have no lifesaving equipment and the conditions onboard are inhumane.” 

Cutter Joseph Tezanos later rendezvoused with a Dominican Republic Navy vessel just off Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where the crew transferred and completed the repatriation of the migrants to Dominican Republic Navy authorities.

Cutter Joseph Tezanos is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action, in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico against illegal migrant and drug smuggling.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Jun.27: 2021:

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(JAMAICA, N.Y.) CBP REPORT: A traveler had more than clothes in his suitcase when he arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport that contained a handgun and ammunition #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.26: Fortunately, U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers were there to stop him in his tracks: During his examination, CBP officers discovered a handgun along with 40 – 9mm rounds in a hard case box: CBP officers continued the inspection and determined that the empty carry-on bags felt unusually heavy:

CBP Report: JFK ‘Bags’ Smuggler: On May 21, CBP officers intercepted passenger Mr. Elijiah Davis, a United States citizen, arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

JFK CBP Seize Cocaine From Passenger

CBP officers discovered an anomaly after x-raying the carry-on bag and escorted Mr. Davis to a private search room where they discovered packages within the panels of the carry-on bag, the packages were probed revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

JFK CBP Seize Hand Gun

CBP officers continued their examination of Mr. Davis’ checked in bag discovering a small bag of green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana.

Mr. Davis was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and firearm; he was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The cocaine weighed approximately 10 lbs. with an estimated value of $300,000.

“This seizure demonstrates the vigilance and dedication demonstrated daily by CBP officers at our port of entries while keeping these dangerous narcotics off the streets of our communities,” said Marty Raybon, CBP’s Acting Director of the New York Field Office.

Mr. Davis now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York. All defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.26: 2021:

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(PLASTER CITY, Calif.) CBP REPORT: El Centro Sector agents arrested a man wanted homicide involved in smuggling #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.20: The incident occurred at about 3:51 p.m., when agents encountered a navy-blue Chevy Silverado truck near the area of Evan Hewes Road in El Centro. The agents followed the truck westbound toward Plaster City. Agents observed several individuals trying to conceal themselves in the bed of the truck:

CALIFORNIA: Wanted Homicide Suspect Arrested in Smuggling Event: El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man with an active warrant for homicide during a smuggling event Monday afternoon:

Agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The driver of the vehicle drove north onto Juliet Road, an Off-Highway Vehicle road, to attempt to evade agents. The driver was unsuccessful in his attempt and the vehicle got stuck near Superstition Mountain. Once the vehicle came to a stop, all nine individuals exited the bed of the truck and attempted to abscond on foot.

After a brief search of the area, agents apprehended the driver and the nine individuals that fled on foot. Agents determined that all ten individuals were all undocumented and illegally present in the United States. The driver and the nine individuals were placed under arrest and transported to the El Centro Sector’s Centralized Processing Center for further processing.

Additionally, record checks for one of the nine individuals, a 26-year-old undocumented individual from Mexico, indicated that he has an active warrant for “Homicide” out of Orange County. The Costa Mesa Police Department will extradite the man.

The driver, a 23-year-old undocumented individual from Mexico, will be held in federal custody pending his arraignment for alien smuggling. The remaining eight undocumented individuals, all adult males, seven from Mexico and one from Guatemala, will be processed and removed from the United States.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.20: 2021:

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(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) JUST IN: A packed boat being used in a suspected human smuggling operation capsized Sunday and broke apart in powerful surf along the rocky San Diego coast, killing three people and injuring more than two dozen others, authorities said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: The original call was for a handful of people overboard but as rescuers arrived in boats and jet skis they quickly realized “it was going to be a bigger situation with more people,” said San Diego Lifeguard Services Lt. Rick Romero.

Associated Press: San Diego: at least three killed and 27-hospitalised after boat capsizes & Lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded around 10:30 a.m. following reports of an overturned vessel in the waves near the rugged peninsula of Point Loma, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

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“There are people in the water, drowning, getting sucked out the rip current there,” he said.

Seven people were pulled from the waves, including three who drowned, said Romero. One person was rescued from a cliff and 22 others managed to make it to shore on their own, he said.

“Once we arrived on scene, the boat had basically been broken apart,” Romero said. “Conditions were pretty rough: 5 to 6 feet of surf, windy, cold.”

A total of 27 people were transported to hospitals with “a wide variety of injuries” including hypothermia, Romero said. Most of the victims were able to walk themselves to ambulances, he said.

Officials said the group was overcrowded on a 40-foot (12-meter) cabin cruiser that is larger than the typical open-top wooden panga-style boats often used by smugglers to bring people illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

“Every indication from our perspective was this was a smuggling vessel. We haven’t confirmed their nationality,” said Jeff Stephenson, a supervising agent with U.S. Border Patrol.

Under a pandemic-related order in effect since March 2020, migrants from Mexico and people from Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras picked up at the border are immediately expelled to Mexico without an opportunity to seek asylum. President Joe Biden has exempted unaccompanied children from expulsions but the vast majority of adults are quickly sent back without facing any consequences.

Border Patrol agents went to hospitals to interview survivors of the capsizing, including the boat’s captain who Stephenson described as a “suspected smuggler.” Smugglers typically face federal charges and those being smuggled are usually deported.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Jose Ysea said when he arrived on scene near the Cabrillo National Monument there was a “large debris field” of splintered wood and other items in the choppy waters.

“In that area of Point Loma it’s very rocky. It’s likely the waves just kept pounding the boat, breaking it apart,” he said.

There were life preservers on board, but it wasn’t known how many or whether any passengers were wearing them, officials said.

Among the rescuers was an unnamed Navy sailor who was in the area with his family and jumped in the water to assist someone in an effort described by Romero as a “huge help.”

Officials believed everyone on board was accounted for right away, but crews in boats and aircraft continued to search the area for several hours for other possible survivors, Ysea said.

On Thursday, border officials intercepted a panga-type vessel traveling without navigation lights 11 miles (18 kilometers) off the coast of Point Loma with 21 people on board. The crew took all 15 men and six women into custody. Agents determined all were Mexican citizens with no legal status to enter the U.S., according to a statement released by Customs and Border Protection. Two of the people on the boat, the suspected smugglers, will face charges, it said.

Border Patrol on Friday said law enforcement officials would be ramping up operations to disrupt maritime smuggling off the coast of San Diego this weekend.

As warmer weather comes to San Diego, there is a misperception that it will make illegal crossings safer or easier, the agency said in a statement.

In early March, an SUV packed with migrants collided with a tractor-trailer in the farming community of Holtville, California, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of San Diego. The crash killed 13 of 25 people inside 1997 Ford Expedition, including the driver, in one of the deadliest border-related crashes in U.S. history.

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Weber reported from Los Angeles.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: May.04: 2021:

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to its homeport after completing a 56-day counter narcotics patrol in the Central Caribbean interdicting $94-million worth of illicit drugs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.30: During their patrol, a maritime patrol flight spotted a vessel on April 9, and a law enforcement team from the Tampa detained three suspects and discovered 87 bales of cocaine, totaling approximately 5,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $94.6 million:

The crew of the Tampa began their patrol by embarking an armed helicopter aircrew from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Mayport, Florida, which the crew used in conjunction with their Over-the-Horizon capable pursuit boat to stop suspected drug smuggling vessels.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/29/2021 03:46 PM EDTNews Release 

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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers return home after interdicting more than $94 million worth of illicit drugs

The crew of the Tampa’s efforts to combat drug smuggling in the Caribbean are part of Operation Martillo, a larger effort to increase regional stability and undermine the influence of Transnational Criminal Organizations, who routinely attempt to smuggle drugs throughout the region. 

The Tampa crew prioritized readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic and incorporated a series of precautionary measures to include personal protective equipment, as well as the incorporation of vaccinations for members to ensure its crew, family members and community continue to remain safe while achieving mission excellence. 

“This was our third patrol we have conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crew of the Tampa never ceases to impress me with their incredible perseverance, devotion, and adaptability that they use to tackle each patrol and achieve mission success,” said Capt. Michael Cilenti, Tampa’s commanding officer. “Of course, I would be remiss in not mentioning the true heroes of this patrol, and every patrol: our family and friends back at home, who constantly support us and give us the inspiration to work that much harder. Our success in interdicting the first Caribbean low profile vessel is a testament to that teamwork and focus on mission excellence that makes Tampa so special.”

U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter-Narcotics Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase drug traffic disruption on April 1, 2020. This counter Transnational Criminal Organizations operational approach, which is now enduring, supports objectives to degrade the capabilities of TCOs and ultimately save lives. With increased presence, collaborative efforts have bolstered support to U.S. and partner nations’ law enforcement agencies by sharing information and intelligence. Key partners have been involved in over 60 percent of drug disruptions since April 2020, an increase of 50 percent from 2019. By strengthening partnerships, we maximize regional coverage and increase effectiveness.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.30: 2021:

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(EDINBURG, Tx.) CBP REPORT: Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents successfully foil three human smuggling attempts and apprehend 41 illegal migrants exposed to dangerous conditions #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: Later that evening, agents assigned to the Javier Vega, Jr. Checkpoint near Sarita, Texas, referred a semi-trailer to secondary inspection after a service K-9 alerted on the trailer. During the secondary inspection, agents encountered a total of 16 noncitizens concealed within the cargo area. All 16 smuggled migrants were from Mexico.

Border Patrol Operations Lead to the Arrest of 41 Migrants: Friday night, Fort Brown Border Patrol agents working near Brownsville, Texas, attempted a vehicle stop on a black Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit came to an end when the driver abruptly stopped, and several subjects were seen fleeing the vehicle. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of three migrants.

On Saturday, Corpus Christi Border Patrol agents working train check duties near Agua Dulce, Texas, apprehended 22 migrants concealed inside a vehicle transport train cart.  All subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Corpus Christi Station for further interviewing.

All subjects are being processed accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.29: 2021:

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(LONDON) Isleworth Crown Court Report: A builder has been jailed for seven years for attempting to smuggle a firearm and ammunition into the UK from The Netherlands in the post #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: The weapon had earlier been delivered to a postal hub in the West Midlands but was intercepted by Border Force officers:

Builder jailed for pistol and ammunition smuggling plot: National Crime Agency officers arrested 23-year-old Polish national Kacper Tkaczyk on 16 June 2020 after he accepted a package which contained a 9mm Heckler & Koch SFP9 self-loading pistol with 25 rounds of ammunition.

Kacper Tkaczyk Custody Photo

NCA surveillance officers watched as the parcel, which was disguised as a box of hair clippers, was delivered to a home being renovated in Cricklewood. One of the builders working there accepted it and handed it to Tkaczyk, who arrived on his motorbike soon after. 

Firearm and ammunition

As he attempted to leave Tkaczyk was detained by armed officers from the Metropolitan Police Service with the package in his rucksack. NCA officers then arrested and interviewed him. Further enquiries showed that the name on the parcel was false.

Tkaczyk, of Ulster Gardens, Palmers Green, was subsequently charged with importing a firearm and ammunition, pleading guilty to this offence on 16 April.

He was sentenced to seven years at Isleworth Crown Court today (23 April).

NCA operations manager Piers Phillips said: “Criminals like Tkaczyk do not care for the safety and wellbeing of innocent members of the public and will go to any lengths to obtain guns and ammunition. His actions were reckless and endangered the lives of Londoners.

“Weapons like these can be used to inflict serious violence and are often associated with the supply of drugs.

“The partnership working between the NCA, the Metropolitan Police and Border Force has kept a deadly weapon off our streets.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.28: 2021:

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