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Freer Station

5087 Highway 44
Freer, Texas 78357
Phone: (361) 698-5400
Fax: (361) 394-5690

History
The Freer Border Patrol Station officially became operational on September 1, 1984, and was given the responsibility of more than 6,157 square miles of terrain covering Duval, Jim Wells, Live Oak, McMullan, and Webb counties. Freer is uniquely located in the heart of southern Texas, with four vital North American Free Trade Agreement corridors intersecting its boundaries. They are U.S. Highway 281, U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 16 and State Highway 44.

The Freer Station plays an integral part of the overall National Border Patrol Strategy as a secondary line of defense between the border with Mexico and the interior of the United States. Current operations at the Freer Station ensure that resources, manpower and technology are deployed to maximize a deterrent posture at the Freer Checkpoint, its primary responsibility.

The station's secondary responsibility is to conduct ranch and brush patrol operations. These two operations work simultaneously to deter the illegal entry of aliens, narcotics, and possible terrorists who may attempt to circumvent the station's oversight.

As of September 11, 2001, the Border Patrol's mission and responsibilities have extended to include the deterrence of terrorists and their weapons of mass effect from entering the United States. Because of these threats, the agents' vigilance has increased and a new sense of urgency has taken over their everyday duties as Border Patrol agents.

Area of Responsibility
The Freer Checkpoint is located 43 miles west of Laredo on U.S. Highway 59 and experiences high volumes of commercial traffic. With a focus on border activities, the routine inspection of this traffic goes beyond the normal search for aliens and narcotics to terrorists and their weapons of mass effect.

To assist the Border Patrol agents in this war, personal radiation detectors and radiation isotope identification devices are deployed while they perform inspection duties. To further assist in this battle, advanced non-intrusive inspection technology is utilized for the inspection of suspicious cargo or manifests encountered by agents. This technology allows agents to identify anomalies in the cargo that warrant further inspection.

Freer Station agents also perform other strategic operational duties. They include the tactical deployment of mobile checkpoints, roving patrol duties, signcutting/sensor response, vehicle and train checks, as well as assisting area law enforcement agencies.

Freer Station has a variety of units that support its operational mission. These units include: a canine unit; an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) unit; the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team; and, a prosecutions unit.

The Freer Station Canine Unit's primary mission is to conduct non-intrusive inspections of all northbound traffic for concealed humans and/or narcotics. The ATV unit conducts routine patrols as a high-profile component within checkpoint operations and is capable of rapidly deploying to clandestine areas where four-wheel drive vehicles are deemed unsuitable due to the harsh terrain. The deployments are primarily threat-based intelligence missions and serve as force-multipliers within the National Border Patrol Strategy.

The BORSTAR team is a highly trained medical unit that specializes in search and rescue efforts. These team members also provide immediate medical assistance to injured aliens and agents in the field. The station's prosecutions unit consists of a team of highly trained agents in immigration law and legal representation for the United States. Their primary responsibility is to successfully carry out felony prosecutions of alien smugglers, individuals with prior convictions, and aliens with repeated illegal entries.