Border News: Fraudulent Families; Large Drug Seizures Featured

US Customs & Border Protection April 14, 2021 245

Immigration problems create the issues on the border.


Big Idea

  • Two fraudulent family units were identified while processing different events
  • Two Romanian nationals illegally entered the country together 
  • Border Patrol agents continue to identify children who are fraudulently used 
  • A Yuma Sector Border Patrol canine sniffed out more than 7 lbs. of fentanyl
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Fake family units & fentanyl: typical issues at the border

Agents Identify Fraudulent Family Units in Two Different Cases


YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents identified two fraudulent family units while processing different events over the weekend.  

An eight-year-old girl who illegally entered the United States with a 36-year-old man, who claimed to be her father, was later determined to be an unaccompanied child. After agents identified discrepancies in their stories, the man admitted to being a friend of the child’s mother, who is in Brazil. The two were separated and processed accordingly. 

In addition, agents determined that a 14-year-old girl and a 40-year-old woman who claimed to be daughter and mother were a niece and aunt. The two Romanian nationals illegally entered the country together but were separated under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act after the fraud was discovered. 

“Border Patrol agents continue to identify children who are fraudulently used to circumvent our immigration system,” said Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem. “Through the interview process, agents are able to identify discrepancies. The safety and well-being of these children is of the utmost importance.”


K9 Sniffs Out Second Large Drug Seizure Within a Week


YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma Sector Border Patrol canine sniffed out more than seven pounds of fentanyl Monday afternoon, his second major drug seizure within a week.

At approximately 3 p.m., agents assigned to the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint referred a Dodge Dakota to the secondary inspection area following a canine alert. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents discovered a leather jacket sleeve hidden under the vehicle’s rear seat with a duct-taped package inside that contained over seven pounds of fentanyl. 

The fentanyl, valued at more than $76,000, was seized and two U.S. citizens from Brawley, California, were arrested. 

This is the second significant seizure for the canine. Cibi alerted to more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine, worth $108,000, hidden inside a vehicle on April 5.



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