Border Patrol nabs Sex Offender; Finds Marijuana in Broccoli shipment

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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Apprehends Sex Offender

 

CALEXICO  – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station apprehended a dangerous sex offender early this morning in a populated area in Calexico.

The incident occurred east of the Calexico West Port of Entry, at approximately 4 a.m., when agents encountered a 41-year-old male citizen of El Salvador attempting to illegally enter the United States.

Border Patrol agents identified the man as Tomas Esteban Quevedo, a convicted sex offender, guilty of sex with minor in San Mateo.  He was sentenced to serve six months in jail and was removed from the United States in April 2003.

The convicted sex offender is being held by the U.S. Border Patrol and will be prosecuted for re-entry after being removed.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats.  We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.

 

CBP Officers Halt Attempt to Smuggle 680 Pounds of Marijuana in Commercial Shipment of Broccoli

 

CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East commercial facility Friday halted an attempt to smuggle 680 pounds of marijuana within a shipment of broccoli.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 261 wrapped bundles concealed within the boxes of broccoli stored in the trailer. The bundles field-tested positive as marijuana.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m., on July 18, when CBP officers encountered a 2002 Kenworth tractor-trailer that entered the cargo facility carrying a manifested shipment of frozen broccoli.  Officers referred the commercial truck to the port’s inspectional dock for a more in-depth examination.

During a dockside inspection of the conveyance, and following an alert from a CBP narcotics detector dog, officers discovered 261 wrapped bundles concealed within the boxes of broccoli stored in the trailer.

The bundles field-tested positive as marijuana, valued at approximately $306,000.

The driver, a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.

CBP seized the marijuana, the truck and trailer.