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Response to Sivafae (Reply #119)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:17 AM

127. I also did not know that BP agents serve warrants.

I did know that Border Patrol does more intelligence work than is widely known. In coordination with Customs they identify suspicious cars or trucks at the port of entry and let them pass and the Border Patrol then follows them with plain clothes. Customs has no authority to pursue past 100 meters (not sure on the exact distance) and that is the Border Patrol responsibility.

They are looking for the safe houses where they are taking either the contraband or the human trafficking. At that point they can either make an arrest or pass the information to ICE for more detailed investigation.

To be very specific Border Patrol uses plain clothes investigators to follow hot leads generated at the border. This is how, for example, they found people were cleverly using the Salton Sea to get around a Border Patrol checkpoint:

http://usopenborders.com/2012/07/border-patrol-stops-salton-sea-boat-smuggling-attempt-2/.

So the most likely scenario on this case is like this: At San Ysidro a license plate read at a computer alerts Customs that because of the data on the car or the past on the driver that it is possible that it is 'hot' and Border Patrol authorizes it to be waived through. Then it goes to CV where it is kept under surveillance for some time. People that enter and leave the residence are cataloged and the information is given to the DEA and ICE. When they decide to pull the plug then the Border Patrol executes a search warrant to arrest the primary target that will be arrested not simply on the facts of what they found at the safe house but for the crime of transporting from the border, hence the Border Patrol involvement.

That this woman was going to a location where, it appears, was a safe house with someone just arriving from the border makes her situation look even more suspicious. Perhaps she was in the business of transporting from the Safe House to LA or something like that. The facts that she was on probation, that she fled, that she refused to obey an officer's command, that she hit the Border Patrol agent, that she then avoided another agents attempt to turn off the engine and then assaulted the BP agent a second time indicates that she knew exactly what was happening.

For me the most interesting part of this story is that I talked with about 12 agents before the additional information was made known and none of them jumped to the defense of the agent. All of them said that they had to wait for more facts and that the agent could have screwed up. At DU, not so much. A lot of jumping before the facts were known. It is also worth noting that the primary target of the warrant and all of the others were arrested without injury.

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