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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Mexican National Who Was Drowning

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents spotted a woman struggling to stay afloat in the All-American Canal in California on Wednesday evening after she climbed a fence and fell into the water.

Calexico Border Patrol agents rescued the woman, saving her from drowning, KYMA reports. 

The 29-year-old Mexican national was taken to a medical center in Yuma, Az., where she was treated for hypothermia and anxiety.

After she recovered, she was taken to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for processing and will be returned to Mexico.

The El Central Sector Border Patrol has been credited with rescuing six people since Oct. 1, 2016.

New Leader Takes Over Busy Yuma Sector of Border Patrol

Anthony Porvaznik

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol’s busy Yuma Sector has a new leader.

On Tuesday, Anthony Porvaznik was named the Yuma Sector chief patrol agent and was sworn in during a ceremony in which his mission was made clear: “Protect America.”

“I do not expect infallibility nor perfection,” Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said during the ceremony, the Yuma Sun reports. “Just that he accomplishes the mission: Protect America. Nothing less.”

The Yuma Sector is one of the busiest sectors of Border Patrol, covering 126 miles.

“This ceremony really brings it home to me,” Porvaznik said. “I was surprised at how much it was going to mean to me.”

Porvaznik replaced outgoing Chief Patrol Officer Steve Martin.

New Chief Border Patrol Agent for Yuma Sector Is ‘Humbled and Honored’

Anthony J. Porvaznik

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When Anthony J. Porvaznik was deployed to Bolivia in 1992 to crack down on raw materials being sold for drugs, he said he learned an important less of being a part of Border Patrol.

“That experience taught me to emphasize the safety and value of the officers serving,” Porvaznik told the Yuma Sun. 

Porvaznik plans to use that experience as the new chief patrol agent for the Yuma Sector.

“It’s great the level of experience and dedication that the agents have to the mission,” he said. “Yuma and its communities are very supportive of the work that Border Patrol does.”

Porvaznik said he’s excited and grateful about the new job.

“I am very humbled and honored to have been offered this job,” he said. “Yuma Sector is a great place to start off as a chief.”

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Puppies Lester And Lugo Are on Way to Becoming Part of Border Patrol K-9 Units

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Meet Border Patrol’s two newest enforcers – Lester and Lugo.

The 4-month-old Belgian Malinois dogs arrived at the Yuma Sector K-9 unit this week, Yuma News Now reports.

“Canines have been used in the Border Patrol as far back as the 1950s, but the current Yuma program started in 1986 with four teams and has grown to more than 60. With these teams, we can cover much more ground,” Special Operations Supervisor (SOS) Wes Burch said.

Lester and Lugo will replace two retiring dogs.

The dogs will be trained to search for people, weapons and drugs.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Smuggled Drugs from Border to Be Sentenced Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who smuggled bundles of marijuana from the Arizona-Mexico border is set to be sentenced  today, The Republic reports.

Anaya, who also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while committing a drug offense, was caught on surveillance loading bundles of pot into his patrol car between Yuma and Wellton.

Anaya said he accepts responsibility and is asking for the five-year minimum sentence.

Prosecutors agreed to the terms.

Homeland Security Worker Sues Agency Over Illegal Search

It’s not good p.r. when someone from your own agency sues because of a goof. In Arizona, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is trying to make this go away via a legal motion.  In the end, the government might just have to end up forking some money over to make it vanish.

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By Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic

A Department of Homeland Security employee in Yuma is suing his own agency over an illegal search by immigration officers who he said mistakenly stormed his home in search of an undocumented immigrant.

Jimmy Slaughter, a K-9 handler at the U.S. border crossing in San Luis, said in District Court papers that he and his wife, Sheila, have lived in their home for more than a decade and did not know the woman sought by a half-dozen agents who came to his door with guns drawn.

“Is this the agency which protects our country?” Slaughter asked in an affidavit attached to the lawsuit. “… Now my neighbors are wondering or believe I am just another ‘DIRTY COP!’ I have served my country proudly for 23 years in the Marine Corps and six years as a Customs K-9 handler. I bleed Red, White and Blue.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge to dismiss the complaint, arguing that agents left the house once they realized their mistake, so the Slaughters have no basis for a claim.

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