Man arrested after group of migrants found trapped in train car near Uvalde; new details released
A man was arrested after a dozen migrants were found in a train car east of Knippa on Friday, according to a criminal complaint from Homeland Security Investigations that revealed new details in the smuggling operation that left two men dead.
McManus at 2017 scene of migrants found in trailer: ‘We are not involving ICE in this investigation’
After San Antonio police on Monday evening discovered more than 40 people dead in a tractor-trailer on the Southwest Side, officials within hours handed off the investigation to federal immigration authorities and took on a support role.
Big cross-border tunnel found linking Tijuana, San Diego
Authorities have announced the discovery of a major drug smuggling tunnel — running about the length of a six football fields — from Mexico to a warehouse in an industrial area in the U.S. The cross-border tunnel from Tijuana to the San Diego area was built in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of border walls.
Correction: Homeland Security body cameras story
In a story published Dec. 21 about the use of body cameras by an investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security, The Associated Press erroneously reported that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix and Detroit were the first federal officers to wear body cams.
28 loaded on VIA buses, 1 hospitalized after dozens bail out of 18-wheeler at far East Side truck stop, SAPD says
Homeland Security Investigations responded to a call from San Antonio after police say 80 to 100 people escaped from the back of an 18-wheeler when an officer arrived to investigate the suspicious big rig at a far East Side truck stop.
Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval
Homeland Security investigators are working with Pfizer, Moderna and dozens of other drug companies racing to complete and distribute the vaccine and treatments for the virus. “We're all very excited about the potential vaccine and treatments,” said Steve Francis, assistant director for global trade investigations with Homeland Security Investigations. Homeland Security Investigations started using its 7,000 agents in tandem with border, FDA and FBI officials to investigate scams, seize phony products and arrest hundreds of people. Homeland Security Investigations made more than 1,600 seizures of products worth more than $27 million and made more than 185 arrests. Meanwhile, Homeland Security investigators and others are trying to send the message now to the public before the vaccines are approved and begin distribution.
Cibolo businessman charged with wire fraud in online firearm sales scheme, officials say
CIBOLO, Texas – A federal grand jury has charged a Cibolo businessman with wire fraud in a scheme involving online firearm sales, officials said. William Badberg, 44, who owns Bullit Proof Arms in Schertz, is charged with 12 counts of wire fraud. A federal indictment says Badberg advertised the sale of firearms on the internet, including on a website he controlled, but failed to deliver the weapons to the buyers despite being paid for the items. Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Badberg on Monday at his home. If convicted, Badberg faces a maximum possible term of 20 years in federal prison for each count of wire fraud.
Man arrested after gun shop, home raided, Homeland Security Investigations officials say
CIBOLO, Texas – Homeland Security Investigations officials say a man is behind bars following two raids on Monday. The raids were conducted at a gun shop on I-35 and FM 3009 and at a home on Penick Way in Cibolo. HSI says the investigation is in connection with wire fraud and firearms. KSAT is working to gather more details and will provide updates as new information becomes available.
36 migrants were found under a load of gravel in the secret compartment of a dump truck
(CNN) -- A tip from an anonymous caller led police in Laredo, Texas, to a surprising discovery: 36 migrants trapped in a hidden compartment inside a dump truck that appeared to be hauling gravel. Later that morning, they received a call reporting that people were concealed in a compartment inside the vehicle. Investigators found that plywood sheets had been installed inside the truck, creating the hidden compartment. The migrants who'd been trapped in the truck are now in the custody of federal immigration authorities, police said. In the past, CBP has released reports of large groups of migrants trapped inside trucks and warned that smugglers are placing migrants' lives in danger.
How the dark web is fueling the opioid crisis in America
Homeland Security Investigations is trying to fight the opioid crisis by providing virtual currency training to law enforcement departments around the nation. HSI said that drug dealers are taking advantage of the dark web and digital currency, like Bitcoin, to sell opioids and other narcotics anonymously. The HSI training teaches law enforcement departments to know what to look for when investigating narcotics trafficking on the dark web. San Antonio departments will be taking part in the training in the near future. To read the full story, click here.
Letter: Criminal investigations hampered by deportations, detentions
AUSTIN – Texas Observer reporter Jason Buch has obtained a letter signed by 19 special agents in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, asking Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen to split off HSI to avoid confusion with Enforcement and Removal Operations, or ERO. The letter describes the perception that HSI has the same mission as ERO, which oversees rounding up undocumented immigrants for deportation. HSI is the criminal investigations arm of ICE. Read the letter by clicking here.