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Archive for March 15th, 2022

U.S. Man Tried to Smuggle Snakes, Lizards Across Border in His Pants

Snakes and lizards were seized at U.S. border with Mexico. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

CBP busted a man who tried to cross the border in California with 52 snakes and lizards hidden in his clothing. 

The 30-year-old U.S. citizen approached the San Isidro border crossing with Mexico in a truck and was pulled over for additional inspection. 

During the search, agents found 52 live reptiles in small bags, “which were concealed in the man’s jacket, pants pockets, and groin area,” CBP said in a statement.

The agents seized the nine snakes and 43 horned lizards. Some of the animals were considered endangered. 

“Smugglers will try every possible way to try and get their product, or in this case live reptiles, across the border,” Sidney Aki, CBP director of field operations in San Diego, said. “In this occasion, the smuggler attempted to deceive CBP officers in order to bring these animals into the US, without taking care for the health and safety of the animals.”

$100M added to Congress’ Spending Plan to Fully Fund Border Patrol with New Employees, Perks

By Steve Neavling

The federal government’ $1.5 trillion spending bill includes $100 million to hire 800 new Border Patrol personnel, along with perks for CBP employees, according to Border Report.

Passed by Congress, the bill would enable CBP to be fully funded with 19,555 Border Patrol agents, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said. 

The funding includes perks for the heavily demoralized agency, including $5 million for tuition assistance, $23 million for onsite mental heath assistance, $6 million for caregivers and childcare services, and $20 million for improvements for border processing facilities. 

“We’re trying to provide Border Patrol not only the moral support but the actual funding to hire more people,” Cuellar said.

The funding comes at a time when CBP is dealing with record migrant apprehensions and encounters.