Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsBorder Patrol U S
IN THE NEWS

Border Patrol U S

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
July 24, 1989 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
While growing up in Bakersfield, Marco E. Lopez regularly delivered produce from his parents' food-supply business to nearby camps populated by migrant laborers. Their deplorable living conditions were striking to the Mexican-American youth, who was himself accustomed to a more middle-class life style. "I had never done farm work," Lopez recalled last week, "so those conditions made an impression."
ARTICLES BY DATE
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2008 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared a Border Patrol agent of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a suspected smuggler whose death two years ago focused attention on increasing violence at the California-Mexico border. The 18-year-old who died, Guillermo Martinez Rodriguez, was allegedly throwing rocks at the agent, who shot him in the upper back on a dangerous stretch of the San Diego-Tijuana border in December 2005.
Advertisement
NEWS
June 3, 1992 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Chevrolet Suburban fleeing Border Patrol agents crashed at high speed into a passing car outside a high school Tuesday, killing four students and a father driving his son to school and injuring the 13 occupants of the camper. The accident occurred just after 7:30 a.m. as horrified students arrived for classes at Temecula Valley High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Mexican authorities said Wednesday they have arrested a man in the weekend killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was run over by a suspected smuggler's vehicle in an Imperial County recreation area near the border. Agent Luis Aguilar, 32, was placing spike strips Saturday in the path of two vehicles believed to have illegally entered from Mexico when one of the vehicles struck and killed him, according to Border Patrol authorities in Arizona. Mexican federal and state police arrested Jesus Navarro Montes on Tuesday in the northern state of Sonora, according to a joint statement distributed Wednesday by Mexico's federal attorney general's office and Public Safety Department.
NEWS
April 23, 1993 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the U.S. Border Patrol is a rogue agency as its detractors insist, the most renegade branch is based here along the northern expanses of the Sonoran desert. Within the last six months, an agent and a former agent were convicted in separate cases of smuggling drugs while on duty. Another agent was tried on charges of murder and assault, and a veteran investigator was locked up for perjury.
NEWS
February 4, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal jury in Phoenix acquitted a former Border Patrol agent Thursday in the slaying of an unarmed drug-smuggling suspect who was shot in the back as he fled through a canyon toward the U.S.-Mexico border. Prosecutors had charged Michael Andrew Elmer, 30, with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in the 1992 shooting of Dario Miranda Valenzuela, a 26-year-old Mexican national.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2005 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who led federal authorities on a high-speed chase through the Imperial Valley was arrested early Wednesday after agents allegedly found nearly 750 pounds of marijuana in his government vehicle. The arrest culminated a surveillance operation by the FBI and inspector general's office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1997 | LEN HALL and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Opponents of high-speed Border Patrol chases into populated communities applauded a federal judgment holding the agency liable for deaths that resulted from such a chase. Dr. Thomas Shaver, a trauma surgeon at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center who has treated the victims of such high-speed chases, said the ruling keeps the Border Patrol "accountable for putting innocent people at risk."
NEWS
July 24, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death last month of a Mexican man near Nogales, Ariz., was previously accused of stealing cocaine seized as evidence in a major drug bust, according to documents filed this week in U.S. District Court in Tucson.
NEWS
March 12, 2000 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When they come looking for him at the shopping mall, federal drug agent Bernie Minarik slips out a back way. When his wife drops him off at work, she takes a roundabout route back home in case she's being followed. But when he discovered a highway flare that Mexican drug traffickers had planted in the gas tank of his car in an attempt to blow him to bits, Minarik nearly called it quits.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2008 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
Violence along the border with Mexico will likely increase this year as the administration bolsters Border Patrol staffing and adds more fencing and technology to catch illegal immigrants, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Tuesday. On Saturday, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar, 32, was killed in California's Imperial Sand Dunes recreation area, run over by suspected drug smugglers as he was laying down a spike strip to stop their fleeing Hummer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2008 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
The off-road enthusiasts were revving their dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles Saturday morning when a brown Hummer suddenly cut into the campground. The man at the wheel, a suspected drug smuggler, was heading to Mexico, fast. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar, the only person in the way, threw a spike strip in front of the car. The Hummer sped up. "It looked like the man swerved and hit the agent intentionally," said one witness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2008 | Richard Marosi and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
A U.S. Border Patrol agent pursuing suspected drug smugglers along the California-Mexico border was struck and killed Saturday by one of the fleeing vehicles, agency officials said. The agent was trying to stop two vehicles that had illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico when he was hit, said agent Jeremy Schappell, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Yuma sector. He said the incident occurred about 9:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2007 | Richard Marosi
Authorities discovered a suspected cross-border tunnel in Tecate on Monday morning after a U.S. Border Patrol canine unit followed the scent of drugs to a compound of trailers north of the border, authorities said. An agent entered a cargo-like container to find a man with a gun in his waistband disappearing inside a hole. Inside the container were thousands of pounds of what was believed to be marijuana, said James Jacques, a Border Patrol spokesman.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2007 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Conservatives expressed bitter disappointment Friday that President Bush did not use the Thanksgiving holiday to pardon two U.S. border agents who have been imprisoned for a year for shooting and injuring a man now accused of drug smuggling. "We had hoped that President Bush, who was compassionate enough to pardon two turkeys in the Rose Garden, might also have had enough compassion to pardon two law enforcement officers who spent their lives defending us at the border," said Rep.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2007 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
A large increase in Border Patrol agents, additional fencing and expanded prosecution of illegal border-crossers contributed to a 20% drop in apprehension of undocumented migrants this year at the U.S.-Mexico frontier, immigration officials announced Tuesday. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the figure signaled progress in disrupting illegal immigration flows, a key goal of the Bush administration's overall immigration strategy.
NEWS
May 9, 1998
A van packed with 28 people thought to be undocumented immigrants flipped in a drainage ditch Friday in the Imperial County town of Holtville, leaving one man in a coma and the other occupants with minor injuries, officials said. U.S. Border Patrol agents trailing the van used CPR to revive three people found submerged in knee-deep water after the van crashed off a dirt road, said Bill Strassberger, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
NEWS
January 28, 1990 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With alternative strategies thwarted, U.S. immigration authorities have resorted to a novel and remarkably non-controversial tactic along the international boundary with Mexico--installing high-powered lights that illuminate a key swath of the border. Installation of the lights follows failed bids to build a controversial ditch along the border and to hire additional U.S. Border Patrol agents. According to the Border Patrol, the key enforcement arm of the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former U.S. Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he acted as a scout for a Tijuana-based criminal organization that conspired to smuggle hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country, authorities said. Jose Olivas Jr., a 10-year veteran, informed co-conspirators of the operating hours of the Border Patrol's San Clemente checkpoint on the 5 Freeway so they could avoid vehicle searches.
NATIONAL
August 10, 2007 | From Reuters
A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican smuggler illegally crossing into the United States after the man tried to attack the officer with a rock, authorities said Thursday. A Border Patrol spokesman said the agent shot the man while trying to take him into custody late Wednesday, one mile east of the Bridge of the Americas port of entry in El Paso. "The individual attempted to assault the agent with a rock.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|