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US Border Patrol chief praises his officers after catching ten sex offenders, a slew of deadly drugs and other illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes in just three days – while rescuing nearly two dozen migrants from danger.
“Extremely proud! Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted as he listed the accomplishments the men and women in green had accomplished in just three days.
Ortiz said officers arrested 13 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of heroin and 131 pounds of fentanyl during that time. Fentanyl, more than 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, has been blamed for the rise in overdose deaths across the country.
Officers also stopped 10 sex offenders, three gang members, a “murder suspect” and a fugitive wanted for murder from entering the country. Border Patrol agents routinely pick up migrants, sometimes traveling among large groups of migrants, members of gangs like MS-13 or convicted sex offenders.
In a separate statement, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detailed how Del Rio officers arrested a migrant with a prior sexual assault conviction in Washington on Tuesday, and another on Wednesday who had a previous rape conviction. statutory. Both had already been expelled.
Separately, Ortiz said officers encountered 18 large groups of migrants, totaling 2,446 migrants. They had also performed 22 water rescues during that time. In addition, three officers had been assaulted in the line of duty.
The statistics mark a window into the ongoing crisis on the southern border and the number of challenges Border Patrol faces every day.
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