United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) engages in unlawful excessive use of force and lacks accountability and transparency, according to a report to the United Nations by the UC Irvine School of Law's International Justice Clinic.
See the update on Page 2 about more than $1 million worth of meth, heroin and cocaine being seized Wednesday. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 29, 7:05 A.M.: U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente checkpoint are giving Orange County law enforcement at their various sobriety checkpoints a run for the ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the judge allowing Orly Taitz's suit to move forward--with major conditions. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 6:31 A.M.: Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real-estate saleslady/Three Wishes Keks Orly Taitz is hailing a federal judge granting her motion to subp ... More >>
Remember how $330,000 worth of methamphetamine was just found at the San Clemente border checkpoint on Aug. 6? Perhaps it was part of a great big drug convoy because two busts at the same border stop last week uncovered more than a half-million dollars worth of meth, marijuana and cocaine, according ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on Page 2 about a federal judge in Texas setting a hearing date for Orly Taitz's "emergency request" aimed at border crossers. Update No. 1 is on the Department of Justice's response to Taitz. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 9:05 A.M.: Texas likes to brag about wooing businesses away fro ... More >>
Was anyone out there expecting a delivery of 30 pounds of methamphetamine from a 24-year-old fellow who is a citizen of the United States? It's not coming, advises the U.S. Border Patrol.
The bird, goat, zebra, bobcat, antelope and three deers would be a snap, the new Planet of the Apes movies have informed my recognition of the baboon, but I'm unsure if I would know a lynx, wildebeest and African gazelle if they were approaching me on the street. By the way, stuffed and/or mounted v ... More >>
The seemingly normal August 2011, DHL shipment from Mexico to a Santa Ana apartment near the Orange County District Attorney's office didn't contain what a mailing declaration stated: gift basket. During a relay stop at the delivery company's Ohio facility, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agen ... More >>
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agent today admitted guilt for his role in a bribery scheme that illegally funneled confidential Department of Homeland Security records to a Los Angeles immigration lawyer, doctored information in secret databases and sanctioned sham marriage ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the suspect's arrest this morning. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 10, 8:56 A.M.: The search for a man who shot and wounded another man in Dana Point Sunday morning ended last evening in San Onofre, with still no sign of the gunman. The vehicle he drove off in was spo ... More >>
Decorative contact lenses are popular around Halloween, but federal officials warn that the marketplace includes counterfeit eye coverings that can lead to all kinds of problems, up to blindness. Indeed, illegally imported decorative lenses that have not been approved buy the Food and Drug Administr ... More >>
U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a Mexican national who was attempting to swim to California with a big sack of cartel weed. The capture occurred late on Thursday, Sept. 19, but wasn't made public until Sept. 24, when authorities issued a press release on the incident. Agents were apparently ... More >>
A Garden Grove man who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested last week on charges of international arms trafficking. Wilfredo Maralit has company: his brother, Rex-Gene Maralit, a New York City police officer, was also arrested by fe ... More >>
Panga, not to be confused with the Hasbro game Jenga, is a boat used to ferry undocumented immigrants from south of the border into the U.S. illegally. But the crafts are being used in a game of sorts, a cat-and-mouse game with local authorities.The cat won the latest round.Twenty men and four women ... More >>
A guy who looks as if he could have been sampling his product and his wife (not so much) were arrested in April by Irvine Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for allegedly making and distributing steroids illegally.But bodybuilder Carlos Hernandez, 27, and Roxanne Hernandez, 3 ... More >>
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has an annual budget of nearly $12 billion, nine divisions, planes, helicopters, night-vision and audio spy equipment, fences, dogs, boats, guns, checkpoints and more than 45,600 agents, but it can't stop one dirt poor but determine Mexican, Sergio Alcal ... More >>
An Irvine man was sentenced this morning to 30 months in federal prison for hawking counterfeit goods, including knock-offs of Bowflex, Ab Circle Pro and Malibu Pilates exercise machines.United States District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles immediately remanded Stanley Kuo Jua Yang, 3 ... More >>
One night in July 2008, U.S. Border Patrol agents with the Department of Homeland Security found Tomas Sanchez Orzuna on a street in San Clemente, sprayed him in the face with toxic chemicals, handcuffed him, beat him, took him to a check point station and hosed him down so violently with water he d ... More >>
This week has been full of crappy news for advocates of medical marijuana here in Orange County. First, there was the failed effort by U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) to amend the Justice Department's spending bill by preventing funding for the federal crackdown of medical mar ... More >>
A federal judge in Orange County has punished an international drug smuggler and human trafficker who targeted San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Dana Point as his points of illegal entry into the United States.Sergio Ramos-Atondo, a 37-year-ol Mexican national, will serve 97 months in federal prison fo ... More >>
All the talk about Mexico's rampant drug-related violence bleeding into the U.S., along with the threat of terrorists creeping in from the southern border, is overblown, according to a new study. The Washington Office on Latin America, which promotes itself as a group focusing on human rights, demo ... More >>
I'm just spitballing here, but I bet if you had a bunch of meth heads play against one another in a softball game with a softball made of methamphetamine, that game would end very quickly.Like before the first half inning ends when said meth heads break open the ball. Breaking bad, indeed.It's a ... More >>
Hey, remember that Lake Forest cocaine safe house from Tuesday? Julio Cesar Perez-Arellano and Tomas Agustin Della Rocca Held in $4 Million Cocaine Bust Perhaps some recent U.S. Border Patrol busts produced some of the coke originally headed there.
Was a 40-year-old Korean national visiting Southern California hoping to obtain the biggest, longest-lasting erection in world history?Or did he just want everybody he knew to be, well, excited for weeks?Authorities briefly detained the unidentified tourist earlier this month at Los Angeles Inter ... More >>
Ten people were detained early this morning after the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol intercepted a boat used for human smuggling off Seal Beach, authorities said.A Seal Beach police officer said on live television that the Harbor Patrol had been tipped off about the boat's arrival around 1 ... More >>
Border Patrol agents boast they intercepted a "bumper crop" of crystal methamphetamine near the San Clemente checkpoint last week.Wednesday morning's encounter with a "nervous" 24-year-old woman resulted in the discovery of 12 pounds of crystal meth hidden in the rear bumper of ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 4, 3:24 P.M.: U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer Miguel Lerma Jr. has been charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation for allegedly attacking a woman in Garden Grove, plus one felony count of rape by use of drugs f ... More >>
"Who you calling illegal, maggot!"Head south of the Orange County border on the 5 freeway and you quickly encounter people in one of two kinds of uniforms: those of U.S. Border Patrol officials (think San Clemente checkpoint) and those of the U.S. Marines Corps (think Camp Pendleton).People in bo ... More >>
Four pounds of crystal meth were found taped inside the jacket of a woman at the San Clemente border checkpoint Sunday morning, according to the feds.The 34-year-old Chula Vista woman (and yes, haters, U.S. citizen) was riding in a van headed north on the 5 freeway. When she got out of the van, a ... More >>
Twenty-eight-year-old Mexican pop singer Kalimba Ibar, former member of band OV7 and the singing voice of Simba in the Latin American film version of The Lion King, was jailed on rape charges on Jan 20. According to the Associated Press, Kalimba was deported from the U.S. to Mexico after ... More >>
Not what you want in your rice.Things could have become pretty buggy for producers of grain and seeds if U.S. Customs and Border Protection would have been slacking on the job. On Dec. 29 at Los Angeles International Airport, CBP intercepted a shipment of Indian rice arriving from Saudi Arab ... More >>
May need adjustments for water-based crossings.Around 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a call came into the police from a woman reporting that she'd seen a small fishing boat come ashore, with nearly a dozen people sitting inside. Upon striking sand, the boat emptied, the people discarded life jackets ... More >>
Aflac, Wells Fargo, Farmers Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, National University, The Art Institutes, the University of Phoenix, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, the Automobile Club of Southern California and United States Customs and Border Protection are among the companies and agencies participating ... More >>
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle, doesn't work
This week's collection of things on the Interwebs from or about Orange County includes netizen reviews of a car shop, a sandwich shop, UC Irvine dorms, hotspots for meet-ups, Fullerton City Council candidates, San Clemente's immigration checkpoint and Huntington Beach white boys who refer to them ... More >>
Smithsonian InstitutionBoat people of another era.Twenty undocumented immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally by sea were arrested this morning at Calafia State Beach in San Clemente.The 17 men and three women, all from Mexico, were riding in a small craft that hit land about 3 a.m., accor ... More >>
Courtesy of U.S. Border PatrolTrunk full of skunk weedMissed this one earlier, but U.S. Border Patrol agents earlier this week seized 230 pounds of marijuana stashed in the trunk of a sedan at a San Clemente rest stop.
If you swing by Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach today and notice an unusually large presence of law enforcement types running around like chickens with their heads cut off, you are witnessing neither an actual terror attack nor filming of pick-up scenes for Monday night's 24 finale.
Three separate busts over the past couple weeks in Orange County prevented cocaine authorities say was worth $20 million from reaching their destinations.
Rantin' Royce!It's the home game sweeping the Republic: Count how many anti-liberal/anti-illegals/pro-hater buzzwords and references are in the latest email to supporters from Rep. Ed Royce (R-The White Side of Fullerton).The email (Punctuation, capitalizations and boldface intact) follows after ... More >>
Courtesy of U.S. Border and Customs ProtectionFound it!You never know what will turn up in a container at the Long Beach port. Sure, the vast majority are filled with legal products bound for store shelves all across this great land. But every so often inspectors will find smuggled guns, drugs, h ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--a day late and many dollars short of paying off the creditors who won't stop calling! Top photos courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department A BOZO NO-NO: Here's the original suspect description Crime Time received for the Oct. ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--with an especially heavy emphasis on San Clemente and Huntington Beach. MONDAY, OCT. 5 He died for your remote. Who's the Patron Saint of Stupidity Again? A 50-inch Viso plasma TV was stolen out of the beer tent erected for the weekend F ... More >>
Dana Adopts ACLUish Torture Position! At an Oct. 12 rally, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Skipped Vietnam Combat Duty) repeatedly blasted solitary prison confinement. “Long periods of solitary confinement are considered torture,” Rohrabacher said to a tiny Huntington Beach crowd that looked sta ... More >>
Picking themselves up with your bootstraps: The lobbyists at the Orange County Tourism Council believe they are entitled yet again to a public handout. And, once again, they're going to get it without even a minute of public debate. The board of supervisors placed on its Tuesday consent calender a $ ... More >>
MOJADOS: THROUGH THE NIGHT
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