Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen indicted in adoption fraud scheme

PHOENIX – Last week, a State Grand Jury indicted Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen for his alleged involvement in an adoption fraud scheme involving pregnant Marshallese woman flown in Arizona to place their baby up for adoption. Petersen is accused of using false information to place the Marshallese women on state-funded healthcare in order …

Border Patrol Finds 32 People Locked Inside Semitrailer

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint arrested two U.S. citizens for human smuggling after finding 32 illegal aliens hidden inside a semitrailer Monday night. After a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle, Tucson Sector agents referred the semi tractor-trailer for secondary inspection, where they discovered 32 Mexican …

Air and Marine Operations, Homeland Security Maritime Partners Make Dream Come True for South Florida Boy Battling Cancer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard and a network of local law enforcement and community partners in South Florida to make a dream come true for a 5-year-old boy battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. Giovanni wanted …

Border Patrol Agents Arrest Eight After Vehicle Pursuit

DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector were involved in a vehicle pursuit that resulted in the arrest of two Austin area residents, suspected of human smuggling, Oct. 15. “Smugglers continue in their attempts to evade law enforcement officials,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. …

Border Patrol Agents Continue to Intercept Vehicles Smuggling Hard Narcotics

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station seized approximately $614,000 in narcotics at the U.S. Highway 57 immigration checkpoint in three separate events over the past nine days. All subjects, narcotics, and vehicleswere turned over to the DEA. “Seizures of hard narcotics have increased dramatically this year, …

Border Patrol Arrests Three in Augusta, Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine- Border Patrol agents working in the Augusta area on October 10, arrested three men for various immigration related offenses. The men were encountered while Border Patrol agents attempted to assist a stranded motorist. “Border Patrol agents in Maine are assigned to patrol our area of responsibility,” said Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of …

CBP at Port Everglades Seizes Nearly Four Dozen Pounds of Cocaine Hidden Inside Boxes of Oranges

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Protection (CBP) officers working at Port Everglades seized approximately 46.5 pounds of cocaine concealed within boxes of oranges arriving from the Dominican Republic over the weekend. The estimated street value of the drugs is hundreds of thousands of dollars. CBP officers with the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) …