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Federal Authorities Search for Human Smuggler Who Assaulted Border Patrol Agent

Martel Valencia-Cortez

Martel Valencia-Cortez

By Steve Neavling

Federal authorities are on the hunt for a human smuggler who struck a Border Patrol agent in the face in southern California, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Authorities were moving in on a suspected smuggler who was helping 14 people navigate the hazardous terrain near Carries Mountain near Jacumba on Sunday night.

The suspect, Martel Valencia-Cortez, 39, is accused of throwing a large rock at Border Patrol agents, striking one of them in the face.

Valencia-Cortez returned fire but didn’t appear to injure him as he fled toward Mexico.

Agents arrested and interviewed the 14 people who were with Valencia-Cortez.

Border Patrol Agent Charged in the Decapitated Death of Man in Texas

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent with suspected ties to a Mexican drug cartel has been charged in the decapitation death of a man whose body was found floating near Texas’ South Padre Island, the Associated Press reports. 

Authorities are investigating whether the 30-year-old agent, Joel Luna, is tied to a Mexican drug cartel that involves his two brothers.

The decapitated body of Honduran native Jose Francisco “Franklin” Rodriguez Palacios Paz was found in March.

Luna, who has been charged with capital murder and other crimes, is jailed without bond.

He is a 6-year veteran of the agency.

Border Patrol Employee Posts Sign That Reserves Halloween Candy for ‘American families’ Only

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol employee posted a sign outside of a government building in the border town of Presidio, Texas, that reserved Halloween candy for “America families” only.

The sign, written in Spanish, translated to, “Only American families will receive candy,” the New Civil Rights Movement reports. 

The town of Presidio is more than 87% Hispanic.

CBP quickly apologized, saying it supports all cultures.

“We respect all people regardless of their culture, nationality or origin. We apologize for any harm this incident may have created in our relationship with the community,” the statement read.

Residents were outraged and offended, including the mayor, John Ferguson, who said he’s never been excluded from holiday celebrations in Mexico.

Mexican Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for His Role in Border Patrol Agent Terry’s Death

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling

A Mexican man was sentenced to 27 years in prison for his part in killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010, Reuters reports.

Rosario Burboa-Alvarez, who pleaded guilty in August to first-degree murder, hired six men to rob marijuana smugglers and retrieve a cache of weapons near the border.

The men ended up in a gun battle that claimed the life of Terry.

“Agent Terry’s murder was a tragically foreseeable consequence of Defendant’s recruitment of a ‘rip crew’ to engage in armed robberies,” prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

Some of the weapons left behind were traced to the U.S. government’s flawed “Fast and Furious” gun-running probe.

Border Patrol Agent Charged in 2012 Shooting Death of Mexican Teenager

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent who killed a Mexican teenager in a cross-border shooting was charged with second-degree murder, CBS News reports. 

Lonnie Swartz was indicted by a federal grand jury, an attorney for Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez’s family said.

“The Elena Rodriguez Family is grateful to the DOJ (Department of Justice) for this first step in the pursuit of justice, and remain steadfast in their resolve to seek full transparency from the U.S. Border Patrol on behalf of Jose Antonio,” Parra said.

Swartz’s attorney said he expects his client to plead not guilty on Oct. 9.

Swartz said his life was in danger when he shot the 16-year-old on Oct. 10, 2012, when he said the teenager was among a group of rock-throwers.

His family said Swartz wasn’t throwing rocks and was walking home from a basketball game when he was shot about 10 times.

DEA’s No. 2 Official Refuses to Retire After Prison Escape of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

DEA's Jack Riley

DEA’s Jack Riley

By Steve Neavling

It has gotten personal for Jack Riley, the DEA’s No. 2 official.

Riley has put plans of retiring on hold after the prison escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the deadly Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.

“Just so you now, I was going to retire – until this dick escaped,” Riley told Yahoo News.

Now, he said, “I’m in it for the long haul.”

Riley was one of the targets of Guzman’s murderous trafficking organization.

Guzman escaped from prison three months ago through a mile-long tunnel and hasn’t been seen since.

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Mexican Cartel Leader Convicted of Torture, Murder of DEA Agent Could Soon Be Released

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling

A Mexican cartel leader convicted of the 1985 torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar could soon be released from prison in Mexico, Fox News reports.

Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, 85, who was one of the leaders of the Guadalajara Cartel has served 30 years of a 40-year sentence.

Fonseca Carillo is eligible for house arrest.

The government is considering a proposal by defense attorneys to move Fonseca Carillo to a house, which would be guarded.

Less Than Half of U.S.-Mexico Border Is Under ‘Operational Control,’ Agents Say

border fence photoBy Steve Neavling

Think the Mexico-U.S. border is safer. Think again.

So says Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, who told Congress Wednesday that only 40% of the border is under “operational control,” The Washington Times reports. 

Judd also said that 20% of illegal immigrants who were captured had criminals records.

“This is the challenge we are facing at the border today,” he said. “There are those who will point to lower apprehension rates and tell you the border is secure. Border Patrol agents, however, throughout this nation will tell you the border is not secure, and the southwest border certainly is not safe.”

The assertions contradict claims by President Obama’s administration that conditions at the border are improving.

Less Than Half of U.S.-Mexico Border Is Under ‘Operational Control,’ Agents Say