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FBI Assists Investigation into Disappearance of 43 College Students in Mexico

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

The FBI is beginning to help investigate the disappearance of 43 college students in Mexico, even as evidence recently surfaced that the country’s government may have been involved in rounding up the young people, NBC News reports.

The students, who were training to be teachers, vanished on Sept. 26 after protesting for more funds.

American scientists are helping analyze DNA evidence to determine whether bodies found in a mass grave in October are those of the missing students.

Prosecutors alleges that local officials were behind the disappearance. Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and dozen of local officials have been jailed, accused of turning the students over to a local drug cartel, Guerreros Unidos, which grows opium poppies for heroin that is shipped to the U.S.

Investigative reporter Anabel Hernandez believes the Mexican government played a significant role in the disappearance.

“The government knew exactly what was happening,” she said, citing documents and cell phone videos that revealed the presence of federal police during the disappearance.

The Mexican government has denied any involvement.

Border Patrol Beefs Up Security After Claim That Agent Kidnapped

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A claim that a Border Patrol agent was kidnapped by a Mexican cartel has prompted the agency to increase safety in some border towns, UPI reports.

As new safety measures are taken, Border Patrol officials said no agents are missing from the Rio Grande Valley sector, but they are still trying to reach some off-duty agents.

One precaution being taken in the El Pastor sector, which includes 268 miles, agents are required to keep in constant contact with headquarters, UPI wrote.

“At this time, the authenticity of the phone call received by the La Joya Police Department is uncorroborated. Nevertheless through an abundance of caution, El Paso sector has enacted safety protocols sector wide. The sector maintains communication with headquarters of the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection,” the U.S. Border Patrol said.

Border Patrol Investigates Claims That Agent Was Kidnapped on Christmas by Mexican Cartel

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol is investigating the reported kidnapping of one of its agents and has begun trying to account for all of its employees in the Rio Grand Valley area, according to several reports.

3KIII-TV reported that an agent may have been kidnapped by a Mexican cartel.

According to KRGV, the La Joya Police Department reported to the RGV sector that it received a report from Mexico that an agent had been kidnapped from the Rio Grand Valley area.

Details of the possible kidnapping remained murky this morning.

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U.S. Apprehends More Migrants Who Live Outside Mexico Than Live In Border Country

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a dramatic shift, more migrants from countries outside of Mexico were captured crossing into the U.S., which hasn’t been seen for at least two decades, the New York Times reports. 

The annual figures published by Homeland Security show a 15% rise in total apprehensions in the 2014 fiscal year, with a total of 486,651 caught. More than 250,000 of them were not Mexican, a 68% spike over the previous year.

The increase was fueled by the surge last summer of migrants from Central America.

While Mexicans continue to cross the border more than others, the apprehension of 229,178 people last year represents a 14% decline this year.

The report also found that ICE is handling fewer deportations.

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Customs And Border Protection Officer Arrested for Allegedly Helping Smuggle Drugs into U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 38-year-old Customs and Border Protection Officer is accused of helping drug smugglers cross into the U.S., Fox News reports.

Jose Luis Zavala, who works in Brownsville, Texas, was arrested on charges of drug smuggling and corruption.

He was arrested Dec. 12 and placed on administrative leave. An initial story incorrectly stated that he was a Border Patrol agent.

“CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission,” CBP said in a statement. “The overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigation of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.”

Border Patrol Agent Shot at While Pulling Over Car in Texas, Returns Fire As Suspects Fled

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent came under fire Sunday morning while pulling over a car during a routine traffic stop, KFOX14 reports.

The incident happened around 7:25 a.m. when the suspect opened fire on the agent as he approached the car in Hudspeth County, which borders Mexico in Texas.

The agent returned fire but the driver and occupants were able to run away into the brush. Authorities were still searching for the suspects at the end of the weekend.

The agent didn’t sustain any serious injuries.

Suspected Drug Smuggler Sues U.S. After Border Patrol Dog Mauls Him

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A drug smuggler mauled by a Border Patrol dog while trying to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border is suing the federal government, The Week reports.

Jose Manual Marino-Najera, 31, said he crossed the border into Arizona and fell asleep under a tree when the dog mauled him.

The lawsuit claims the agents “ignored his cries for help.”

Marino’s attorney said the lawsuit is possible, even though the defendant was in the country illegally, because he was in the U.S. at the time of incident.

The suit seeks lost income and compensation for severe pain and suffering.

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Smugglers Dropped Large Amount of Marijuana from Ultralight Aircraft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug smugglers have tried all kinds of clever – and not so clever – ways to get their products across the Mexican border and into the U.S.

On Tuesday morning, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector seized nearly $100,000 worth of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft Tuesday, AZ Family reports.

The ultralight was was spotted by CBP camera operators.

Agents found 10 bundles of marijuana wearing roughly 185 pounds.

Agents arrested two Mexican nationals.