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Arizona Man Indicted After Threatening to Kill Border Patrol Agent

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

An Arizona man accused of threatening to kill a Border Patrol agent and smuggle undocumented migrants was indicted earlier this month, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Jesus Alberto Ibarra-Barraza, 31, of Tucson, was indicted by a grand jury on an eight-count indictment. 

According to the indictment, Ibarra-Barraza tried to transport four undocumented noncitizens in his vehicle. 

When he was pulled over by law enforcement, he stopped his car so the passengers could exit and then fled at a high rate of speed before he crashed his vehicle. 

He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

At the hospital, Ibarra-Barraza threatened to kill a Border Patrol agent once he was released, according to the indictment.  

Border Patrol investigated the case. 

Border Patrol Agent Dies in Line of Duty

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent from the Tucson Sector has died in the line of duty. 

Supervisory Patrol Agent Martin Barrios died on Nov. 29, the agency announced Friday. 

“The entire USBP family mourns the loss of Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Martin Barrios,” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted Friday. “Please keep his family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts.”

Details of Barrios’ death weren’t immediately clear. 

John R. Modlin, chief patrol agent of the Tucson Border Control Sector, added on Twitter, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. We will always remember his service.”

Barrios joined Border Patrol in April 2013 after serving in the Navy.   

To honor Barrios, Arizona Governor Doug Duceuy ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff.

Magnus, Biden’s Nominee to Lead CBP, Takes Hot Seat During Senate Confirmation Hearing

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, picked to lead CBP.

By Steve Neavling

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, President Biden’s nominee to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, fielded tough questions about border security and immigration during a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday. 

Magnus sought to assuage some Republicans by signaling support for two of former President Trump’s most controversial policies. He said he would consider finishing some of the border wall that the Biden administration has stopped and indicated he supported the Trump-era public health order that authorizes the rapid removal of migrants and asylum-seekers without an immigration hearing, The Washington Post reports.

Magnus also told the Senate Finance Committee that border security should be balanced with humane treatment of migrants. 

“I think humanity has to be part of the discussion early and often throughout the careers of CBP members,” he said.

“We do our jobs enforcing the law, but how we engage with the public, even the public we may be arresting, is what defines us as professionals, and it’s something we have a moral obligation to do,” Magnus said. 

Magnus, 60, doesn’t need Republican support to advance to a full Senate vote as long as all of the Democrats on the committee back him. 

Magnus, who has served as Tucson’s police chief since 2016, was a vocal critic of some of Trump’s immigration policies and a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

If confirmed by the Senate, Magnus has a tough job ahead of him as the nation grapples with a border crisis and the separation of migrant children from their families. 

Magnus also would be the first openly gay CBP commissioner. 

Biden’s ATF nominee David Chipman floundered in the Senate after every Republican and Angus King, an independent from Maine, refused to support him.

Tucson Police Investigate Fatal Shooting by Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent

By Steve Neavling

Tucson police are investigating a fatal shooting by an off-duty Border Patrol agent. 

The unidentified agent shot 38-year-old Edward Colin Colteaux, who was involved in an escalating confrontation with another person on Tucson’s west side on Saturday night, KVOA reports.

Details of the shooting remain murky. Witnesses said they saw the agent intervene and discharge his gun while Colteaux was in a confrontation. 

Border Patrol is conducting an administrative investigation. 

In a separate incident, a prosecutor said that members of a U.S. Marshals task force were justified in shooting Winston Smith Jr. on June 3 while trying to arrest him as he sat in an SUV.

Funeral Services for DEA Agent Fatally Shot on Amtrak Train Set for Today

DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo. Photo via DEA.

By Steve Neavling

DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo, who was shot and killed by an Amtrak train passenger in Tucson, Ariz., will be remembered with a public funeral this morning. 

Garbo, a 16-year veteran of the DEA, was killed Monday while doing a routine inspection for illegal drugs and guns on the train, and two other law enfacement officers were also wounded. The gunman, who barricaded himself inside a bathroom, died from gunshot wounds.  

A law enforcement procession will take place at Bring’s Broadway Chapel beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Funeral services begin at Calvary Chapel at 10 a.m., followed by an outdoor ceremony at 11:30 a.m. 

Watch the funeral service live here. CBP also is providing a live stream.

DEA Agent Killed, Another in Critical Condition After Shooting on Amtrak Train

By Steve Neavling

A passenger aboard an Amtrak train in Tucson, Ariz., shot and killed a DEA agent and critically injured another while conducting a routine inspection for illegal drugs and guns. 

A city police officer, who was a member of a DEA joint task force, was also shot and in stable condition, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said at a news conference, The New York Times reports

“They were checking for illegal guns, money, drugs,” Chief Magnus said. “This is something they do, as I said, routinely at pretty much all transit hubs.”

The gunman, who barricaded himself inside a bathroom, also died, but it wasn’t clear whether he was killed by law enforcement or turned the gun on himself. Another suspect was arrested. 

Police were still trying to figure out what prompted the shooting, and Magnus said he wasn’t sure if any drugs or guns were found on the train. 

The shooting broke out while the double-decker train stopped at the station in Tucson at about 8 a.m. local time.

The injured DEA agent was placed in the rear of a patrol car and rushed to Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson. An ambulance transported the injured police officer to a hospital. 

Tucson police said the agent was in critical condition. 

“We at the D.E.A. are heartbroken by today’s events and ask that you keep the families of the agents and task force officer in your thoughts and prayers,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said in a statement. 

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.

FBI Still Investigating Drone That Flew ‘Dangerously Close’ to CBP Helicopter

A CBP air interdiction agent flies a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is still trying to determine who flew a drone close to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter in Tucson, Ariz., about three months ago. 

The drone was “flying dangerously close” to the helicopter at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, the FBI said in a news release. 

It appears the remote-controlled aircraft took off from a site about 5 miles south of the city and then flew across Tucson and north over Marana, the bureau said. 

Multiple law enforcement agencies searched for the drone for hours but were unsuccessful. 

No injuries were reported. 

The Federal Aviation Administration made it a crime to unsafely operate a drone in 2018.