Senior Border Patrol officials provide updates on convicted criminals and illicit drugs encountered at the southern border

 January 28, 2024

President Joe Biden's lax enforcement policies for border security and immigration laws have served as an inviting beacon for all to come to America and illegally cross the border, including those with prior criminal records or who are engaged in criminal activity like drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Two senior U.S. Border Patrol officials revealed this week that multiple individuals with criminal histories -- including convicted murders, child sex offenders, and known cartel and gang members -- were apprehended and detained by agents in the field over the past week or two, Fox News reported.

The announcements served a dual purpose of informing the general public of the situation at the border while also subtly calling out the Biden administration for its "catch and release" policy that too often has Border Patrol agents pulled off the frontlines processing illegal migrants instead of on patrol in the field catching more criminals and contraband.

Migrants with criminal records caught at the border

On Friday, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens posted to his X account that on Tuesday, "USBP agents in Del Rio, TX & Rio Grande Valley, TX nabbed two child sex offenders with prior felony convictions. These subjects were caught trying to re-enter the U.S. illegally. Agents being out on patrol is what stopped them from getting to your communities."

The post included photos of the apprehended criminal migrants but did not include any information about them like their names, age, or nation of origin.

A similar announcement came one day earlier on Thursday from John Modlin, the chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector in Arizona, who wrote, "Over the weekend, Tucson Sector agents apprehended two migrants for unlawful entry into the U.S. Both subjects have alarming felony convictions. One for 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted Murder, and the other for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Both face federal prosecution."

Like the post from his boss, Modlin also included photos of the two criminal migrants who'd been apprehended but did not include any other identifying information about them.

Thousands of pounds of illicit drugs interdicted

It isn't just illegal migrants with criminal records that Border Patrol agents are encountering when out on patrol, however, as Chief Owens also shared on his X account on Tuesday a summary of the total amounts of various illicit drugs his agents had found and seized thus far in the current fiscal year.

"So far in FY24 (Since Oct. 1st), USBP agents have seized over 23K lbs. of controlled substances with a street value of over $63M! -- +17K lbs. of MJ -- +4K lbs. of Meth -- +1K lbs. of Cocaine -- +1K lbs. of Fentanyl More agents in the field = more seizures like these," the chief wrote.

Just one day earlier, on Monday, Owens posted a summary of what his agents had found and taken into custody over the preceding few days, and said, "This weekend, USBP agents interdicted: -- Over 300 lbs. of controlled substances (Fentanyl, Meth, & Cocaine) -- 11 subjects w/criminal history (sexual assault w child, murder, weapons/drug trafficking, & assault/robbery) -- Over 24K (Currency) -- 2 Firearms."

Thank Biden for the criminals, drugs, traffickers, and terrorists

A perhaps more revealing picture of the situation at the southern border under President Biden's policies was provided on Friday by Tucson Sector Chief Modlin, who shared a rather sobering "week in review" of everything that his patrol agents had found in the field in just their sector of the border over the prior seven days.

The list included, "11,300 Apprehensions -- 144 Federal Criminal Cases -- 16 Human Smuggling Events -- 14 Rescues -- 9 Narcotics Events -- 8lbs. of Cocaine -- 7lbs. of Heroin -- 4 Significant Arrests -- 2lbs. of Fentanyl -- 1 Firearm Seized."

Modlin's "week in review" post also included a short video, at the end of which was a pair of bar graphs comparing weekly apprehensions in the sector over the past six weeks with the same period one year earlier, and it was unmistakably clear that apprehensions of illegal border crossers have increased substantially.

Fox News also noted that, according to Border Patrol numbers, and in addition to the criminals and drugs encountered by agents, at least 19 individuals on the FBI's terror watchlist were arrested after illegally crossing the border in December alone, bringing the total number of suspected terrorists apprehended near the border up to 50 so far in FY24.

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