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Border Patrol Mourns Line-of-Duty Death of Supervisory Agent

By Steve Neavling

A supervisory Border Patrol agent has died in the line of duty.

On Thursday, Border Patrol leaders announced the Nov. 5 death of Anibal “Tony” A. Perez. 

“With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you of the line-of-duty dead of Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Animal “Tony” A. Perez of the Tucson Sector,” Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin tweeted. “We will forever honor his service.”

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz first announced Perez’s death. 

The entire USBP family mourns the loss of Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Anibal “Tony” A. Perez who sadly passed away in the line of duty. Please keep his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts.

No more details about his death were disclosed. 

John R. Modlin Named Chief Border Patrol Agent for Tucson Sector

John R. Modlin, chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector. Photo via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

John R. Modlin has been named chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector in Arizona.

Modlin began serving as the interim chief in Tucson beginning in November 2020, when he replaced Roy Villarreal. 

The Tucson Sector covers Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz counties and is responsible for border enforcement along a 262-mile boundary with Miami. The sector has nearly 3,700 agents. 

Modlin’s Border Patrol career includes stints at the Detroit and Miami sectors and the agency’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

Man Wearing Fake Border Patrol Uniform in a Bogus Patrol Vehicle Arrested with 10 Migrants

The driver of this Bogus Border Patrol vehicle was arrested. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

A human smuggling suspect was busted wearing a fake Border Patrol uniform while driving a phony patrol vehicle in Arizona.

The driver and 10 migrants inside the vehicle were arrested near Tucson by Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol agents, said John R. Modlin, interim chief Border Patrol agent of the Tucson Sector.

“This is not a Border Patrol vehicle,” Modlin tweeted with a photo of the SUV.

The vehicle bears a striking resemblance to the authentic Border Patrol vehicle. 

Modlin didn’t mention when the incident occurred or provide any more details about the driver, such as his age and nationality. 

In a separate incident, Customs and Border Protection officers at the Chicago International Mail Branch seized 28 counterfeit DEA badges this week. Last weekend, CBP officers discovered eight fake DEA badges and one counterfeit FBI badge.

John R. Modlin Named Interim Chief Border Patrol Agent for Tucson Sector

John R. Modlin, interim chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector in Arizona. Photo via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

John R. Modlin has been named interim chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector in Arizona. 

Modlin, who made the announcement on Twitter, will replace Roy Villarreal, who held the position since March 2019. 

“While every part of this country has its unique challenges, my mission as a Border Patrol agent has always been the same: secure our borders and ensure the safety of our communities,” Modlin, a 25-year Border Patrol veteran, wrote in the tweet. 

He added, “I look forward to working with Tucson Sector’s many government, tribal and community partners as I continue with that mission in southern Arizona.”

The Tucson Sector covers Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz counties. 

It wasn’t clear why Villareal was leaving, but he has a new assignment in Washington D.C. and will retain his title as chief patrol agent, a CBP spokesman told The Arizona Republic.

“He has been temporary detailed up to Border Patrol headquarters to help with strategic planning,” spokesman John Mennell said.

Modlin’s Border Patrol career includes stints at the Detroit Sector and the agency’s headquarters in Washington D.C.