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June 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two off-duty border agents based in Texas were found dead southwest of Tucson. The agents, one male and the other female, who both worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso, were found by a police officer investigating an abandoned vehicle. It was not known what the two agents were doing in Arizona, said Doug Mosier, a spokesman for the Border Patrol in El Paso.
March 29, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Wednesday morning. The man, a suspected smuggler, struggled with officers and died after being restrained, according to homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney. The incident occurred at the San Ysidro port of entry.
February 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a smuggling ring that brought in hundreds of illegal immigrants through his vehicle lane at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Michael Gilliland, 44, admitted in a plea agreement last year receiving as much as $120,000 from two smuggling groups for bypassing inspections on cars loaded with immigrants.
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Five of six Latino stowaways found aboard a ship headed to the Port of Oakland may be going to Japan if a local agent cannot get them travel documents to fly to their countries of origin, authorities said Friday. The five men are in the custody of the ship's captain. A sixth is in the custody of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
March 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Jersey City has become the nation's first seaport to use new radiation detectors that scan all incoming cargo for nuclear or radiological weapons, federal officials said. Similar devices are planned for 90% of the country's seaports by the end of summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner said. Several million cargo containers -- about 95% of U.S. international trade -- enter the country every year through its 361 sea and river ports.
August 29, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp. won a contract valued at as much as $34 million to supply the U.S. with security equipment along its border with Mexico. Under the award from Customs and Border Protection, Century City-based Northrop will develop and test a system to secure more than 40 border crossings between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas, Northrop said. The system will include surveillance, communications and video analytics.
July 11, 2008 | Richard Marosi
U.S. authorities intercepted a suspected immigrant-smuggling boat off the coast Thursday morning in the latest in a string of maritime smuggling attempts. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered the 28-foot boat loaded with 11 suspected illegal immigrants -- nine men and two women, all Mexican -- while on patrol 15 miles off Point Loma. One man was arrested and will be charged with alien smuggling, authorities said. -- -- Richard Marosi
December 5, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
The chief of the Homeland Security Department's drone aircraft program is facing an ethics investigation for joining the board of directors of the largest industry group promoting the use of unmanned aircraft, officials said Monday. The internal affairs office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reviewing whether Tom Faller, director of unmanned aircraft systems operations, violated internal rules when he took an unpaid position as a board member of the Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International on Aug. 16. Faller oversees eight Predator B surveillance drones that are chiefly used to help search for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers on the northern and southwestern borders.
September 25, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
An inspector for U.S. Customs and Border Protection was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine through his inspection lane at the California-Mexico border crossing in Calexico, federal authorities said. The officer, Oscar Osbaldo Ortiz-Martinez, a two-year veteran, allegedly accepted $52,000 in bribes from informants and federal undercover agents posing as drug traffickers in exchange for allowing what he believed were drug-laden cars to pass through his lane without inspection.
April 23, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- Accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told FBI investigators that he and his brother were operating alone and did not receive assistance from outside terrorist groups, officials said Tuesday. A team of federal agents peppered the 19-year-old with questions about the Boston Marathon bombing plot on Monday shortly before a federal magistrate read the charges against him and gave him the “Miranda warning" informing him of his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
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