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Archive for June 13th, 2022

Mexican National Sentenced to 214 Months in Prison for Shooting at Border Patrol Agents

By Steve Neavling

A 35-year-old Mexican national who shot at two Border Patrol agents during a high-speed chase in January was sentenced to 214 months in prison.

Sergio Trevino was driving a Chevy Suburban when Border Patrol agents attempted to pull him over near Bracketville in Texas. During the pursuit, Trevino shot at the agents several times. 

Trevino’s vehicle was stopped by spike strips. He fled on foot and was later apprehend. 

Found inside the vehicle were six Honduran nationals. 

Trevino pleaded guilty to one count of assault on a federal officer and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence on March 31, 2021. 

“Sergio Trevino not only placed the lives of the U.S. Border Patrol agents who were attempting to apprehend him in peril, but also the lives of the undocumented noncitizens he was transporting and everyone traveling on the road that day,” U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff said in a statement.  “Thankfully no one was seriously injured by his senseless and dangerous actions. The collective efforts of agents from the U.S. Border Patrol, FBI, ATF, and Homeland Security Investigations, brought Mr. Trevino to justice so that he will no longer be a threat to the community for many years to come.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Oliver E. Rich Jr. added, “Today’s sentencing sends a strong message to those who would commit violent acts against federal officers. The FBI will continue to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners to hold violent criminals accountable for their actions at the border as well as throughout the United States.”

CBP Moves to Stop Sale of ‘Offensive,’ Fake Commemorative Coin Depicting Controversial Interaction

Fake CBP comparative coin on eBay.

By Steve Neavling

CBP is trying to stop the sale of an “offensive,” fake commemorative coin that depicts a controversial interaction between a Border Patrol agent on horseback and a Haitian immigrant near the border in Del Rio, Texas.

The coin was for sale on eBay for $15.19. The seller sold 41 coins, and it was sold out as of Monday morning.

A senior CBP agent official told Washington Examiner that the coin was not authorized by the agency.

“The images depicted on this coin are offensive, insensitive, and run counter to the core values of CBP. This is not an official CBP coin,” Luis Miranda, assistant commissioner for CBP’s Office of Public Affairs, said.

“The CBP Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating whether or not it is being sold by anyone at CBP, and will take appropriate action if so,” Miranda added. “The CBP Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) will also send a cease-and-desist letter to any vendor who produces unauthorized challenge coins using one of CBP’s trademarked brands.”

CBP’s Office of Personal Responsibility drafted a 500-page report detailing the investigation into horse-mounted Border Patrol agents accused of mistreating Haitian migrants last year. The report has yet to be released.

Although the agents have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, they could still face discipline, up to termination, if they were found to have broken agency policies.