Border Patrol Arrests Suspected Human Smuggler


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New Orleans Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 41-year-old Honduran man Feb. 28 in Okaloosa County, Fla., who had previously assaulted of a Border Patrol agent.

Edwin Edgardo Tercero and five other occupants of his vehicle were apprehended by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 10 as part of an Operation Stonegarden patrol, a U.S. Border Patrol/Federal Emergency Management Agency grant program designed to enhance border security by partnering with state, local, and tribal agencies to patrol key routes of ingress into the United States.

During the traffic stop, Border Patrol agents were called for assistance, and after questioning, found that all six occupants were in the country illegally and that Tercero had previously been arrested by USBP agents on May 7, 2018 in Gulfport, Miss., on suspicion of alien smuggling and illegal activity, but had run away after assaulting the arresting agent. The agent was uninjured in the assault.

“The apprehension of this suspected illegal alien smuggler is noteworthy in several aspects. In particular, Tercero was a fugitive with a record of assaulting law enforcement officers, and his apprehension highlights the superlative work done by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office as part of ‘Operation Stonegarden,’” said New Orleans Sector Chief Patrol Agent Greg Bovino. “My agents have often commented on the professionalism of Okaloosa deputies, and this arrest again highlights that fact.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Mississippi, Tercero was extradited to Harrison County, Miss., March 1 to face charges of Reentry of Removed Alien and Assault on a Federal Officer. The other occupants of the vehicle were placed under removal proceedings in Alabama.

Border Patrol Captures Criminals in the Rio Grande Valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested three illegal aliens with extensive criminal histories in separate incidents.

On Thursday, agents from the McAllen station working near La Joya, Texas, arrested a Mexican national whose record checks revealed an arrest and conviction for indecent liberties with child in Sanford, North Carolina. The presiding judge sentenced him to 16-20 months confinement.

A while later, McAllen agents working near Mission, Texas, arrested a Mexican national after he entered the United States illegally. Record checks revealed a previous arrest in Indianapolis, Indiana, for child molestation and battery/domestic violence.

That same day, McAllen agents working in La Joya, Texas, arrested a Guatemalan national. During processing, record checks revealed an arrest in the state of Florida for sex offense-against child-fondling. The man received 52 months and 19 days confinement.

The Border Patrol is processing both subjects accordingly.

CBP Officers at Port of San Luis Arrest Meth Smuggler

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Yuma resident Sunday for an alleged attempt to smuggle almost 28 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis.

Officers referred a 26-year-old Yuma woman for additional inspection as she attempted to enter the U.S. Sunday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from her Honda sedan, a search led to the discovery of packages that were inside of the vehicle’s fuel tank. The drugs weighed nearly 28 pounds and have an estimated value of almost $83,000.

The preceding was a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

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