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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

Border Patrol Agents Arrest MS-13 Gang Member for Human Smuggling

Release Date: 
March 12, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. – Willcox Station Border Patrol agents arrested a male MS-13 gang member Friday evening at the State Route 90 Immigration Checkpoint near Whetstone, after identifying his two passengers as illegal aliens from Mexico.

An agent working the primary inspection lane encountered a Ford sedan and while questioning the occupants, identified the driver as a 40-year-old MS-13 gang member from El Paso, Texas, transporting two men, ages 28 and 48, who had entered the country illegally.

Both illegal aliens were transported to the Willcox Station for processing on immigration violations. The driver faces human smuggling charges and will remain in custody pending court proceedings.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, approximately 300 gang members have been arrested in the U.S. so far this fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2017.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

Last modified: 
March 13, 2018