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Tag: Mexican border

Border Patrol Agents Find $52,000 Hidden in Laundry Detergent Box

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This was no ordinary laundry detergent.

Agents at a Mexican border crossing near El Paso found $52,000 vacuum-sealed and stuffed into a detergent box, KFOX/CNN reports.

Edgar Lopez Chavez, 36, was arrested while trying to cross into Mexico, where he is a citizen.

U.S. law requires anyone with more than $10,000 to clear the money with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Chavez is in the El Paso County Jail facing federal charges.

Immigrants Risk Drowning to Reach U.S. As Land Routes Are Tightened

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

As the U.S. continues to tighten land routes along the Mexican border, immigrants are increasingly risking their lives to reach the country by water, the Orange County Register reports.

Immigrants pay up to $9,000 to make the dangerous journey from Baja to the Southern California coast, according to the Register.

Since 2008, the number of apprehensions tripled along the Pacific Ocean.

In just the first 10 months of this fiscal year, officials apprehended 558 people along the coastline from San Diego to San Luis Obispo counties, according to the Register

Texas Trucking Company Owner Wants Compensation for DEA Sting

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The owner of a Texas trucking company is demanding the DEA compensate him for an undercover sting that led to his employee’s death and the damage of a company truck, the San Antonio Express reports.

Truck company owner Craig Patty said he had no idea Lawrence Chapa was working undercover for the DEA until he received a call that his employee was shot eight times, the Express wrote.

Chapa was using a Kenworth T600 truck, which hauls sand, to drive marijuana across the Mexican border as part of an undercover sting.

Chapa was shot by carjackers trying to rob the truck and marijuana, according to the Express. More than a dozen law enforcement officials witnessed the attack.

Judge Upholds ATF Requirements on Gun Reporting in Southwest States

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

ATF hasn’t had it easy these day. But at least it can count on one small victory.

On Friday, a US Judge in Washington upheld new, controversial federal rules requiring four border-states to report sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, reports Reuters. The gun industry had challenged the new rules on privacy and gun rights arguments.

The new rules were issued in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal guns from the US into Mexico.

The George W. Bush-appointed Judge Rosemary Collyer found the ATF’s requirement rational, and that the requirements were “sufficiently narrowly tailored,” according to Reuters.

“Congress has effected a delicate balance between ATF’s regulation of firearms and the right to privacy held by lawful firearms owners,” Collyer wrote. The ATF’s reporting requirement”did not disturb that balance.”

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NRA Files Suit to Block ATF from Monitoring Gun Sales Along Mexico Border

atf file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklthewire.com

The National Rifle Association, which is feared and revered by many on Capitol Hill — and loathed by others — is flexing its muscle in its never ending battle with ATF.

The latest: The New York Times reports that the NRA on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a federal regulation that requires gun dealers in states  along the Mexican border to report sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles within five days that can use ammunition larger than .22 caliber.

The NRA claims that Obama administration exceeded its power when it implemented the regulation last month without Congressional approval. It asks a judge to block ATF from enforcing the regulation.

“N.R.A. has always viewed this as a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to pursue their gun control agenda through back-door rule-making, and the N.R.A. will fight them every step of the way,” said Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the gun rights group, according to the Times.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. vowed to “vigorously oppose” the N.R.A. challenge, the Times reported.

“We think that the action we have taken is consistent with the law,” Holder told reporters on Wednesday, “and that the measures that we are proposing are appropriate ones to stop the flow of guns from the United States into Mexico.”

Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano Talks About the Mexican Border