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Ongoing operation underway by Maverick County Lake

United States Border Patrol are conducting a search operation in an area between the Maverick County Lake and the Las Quintas Fronterizas which involves Border Patrol vehicle units and air assistance. They are being assisted by Eagle Pass Police Department patrolling officers and personnel. No further information is available at this time but it is believed that it involves undocumented immigrants. Further information will be made available as it is disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials.

Multiple car fire reported

Fire Department and Law Enforcement agencies are requesting onlookers to stay away from the Barrera and Loop area. Unofficial reports are several cars are on fire. More information as it develops.

Ex School District employee accused of committing two state jail felonies

Texas Department of Public Safety officials arrested an ex-Eagle Pass Independent School District information technology employee identified as Rodolfo Benavides on Thursday, February 28, 2019, for allegedly hacking into the District’s computer systems.

Benavides is accused of committing two state jail felony charges with Breach of Computer Security.

TX DPS officials served a warrant for his arrest from an incident that allegedly occurred in 2017.
Benavides was transported to the Tom Bowels Detention Center and magistrated and has since posted bail which was set at $1.000.

The incident allegedly occurred back in July 2017 and was under investigation.

Under Penal Code. Chapter 33 Computer Crimes Sec. 33.02. BREACH OF COMPUTER SECURITY. (a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly accesses a computer, computer network, or computer system without the effective consent of the owner. (b) An offense under Subsection (a) is a Class B misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if:(2) the computer, computer network, or computer system is owned by the government or a critical infrastructure facility.

Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to the law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense

Press Release: CBP Officers Intercept Over 1 Million in Narcotics in at the Eagle Pass Texas Port of Entry

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers kept sharp focus on border security efforts, seizing a total of $1,061,122 in methamphetamine, marijuana in back-to-back enforcement actions at Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

“Our frontline CBP officers steadfastly carried out CBP’s border security mission and intercepted three significant loads of narcotics one at the passenger environment and two in the cargo environment,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “These seizures underscore the seriousness of the drug threat our officers face daily and our firm resolve to keep our border communities secure.”

The most recent seizure occurred on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry import lot when CBP officers utilizing canines and a non-intrusive imaging system discovered 50 bricks containing a total of 1,267.6 pounds of alleged marijuana within an international tractor hauling a shipment of bentonite clay. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $253,529.00.

On Saturday, February 16 at the Eagle Pass International Bridge I CBP officers discovered 28.66 pounds of alleged methamphetamine after a CBP officer referred and inspected a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen for a secondary examination. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $573,196.

The last and most notable narcotics interception occurred on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry import lot when a CBP officer referred a 2007 Freightliner tractor hauling a trailer with a shipment of Saltillo floor tile for a secondary examination. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered 120 large bundles that contained 1,172 pounds of alleged marijuana. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $234,397.00.

CBP officers seized all the narcotics and the first two seizures were turned over to Maverick County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. The Feb. 21 seizure remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

Eight undocumented immigrants found inside home

Eight undocumented immigrants were found inside a home in an area along 2nd Street and Ceylon by Eagle Pass Police department officials on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Police officers responded to a 911 emergency call reporting suspicious activity (possible undocumented migrants) at a residence at approximately 10:59am

Upon arriving at the scene officers did find and made contact with the subjects who resulted to be in the country illegally.

EPPD officers proceeded to turn the individuals over to United States Customs Border Patrol Agents.

The subjects were detained and will now face charges with crossing into the U.S. illegally

Increase in asylum seekers jumps as compared to 2017

The United States continues seeing an increase of people attempting to come into the country seeking political asylum.

The number of people seeking asylum through credible fear apprehensions & Inadmissible (Not Accepted) increased during 2018 as compared to 2017.

The United States Border Patrol information related to the subject shows that in 2018 there was a 62 % increase as compared to 2017.

During 2017 there were 55,584 cases reported of people being detained and claimed credible fear thus attempting to qualify for some type of asylum.

In 2018 there were 92,959 cases an increase of 37,375 more people seeking some form of asylum through claiming credible fear.

Recently, over 1,800 people from Central America made their way into the Piedras Negras/ Eagle Pass area seeking to come into the United States. Many of those individuals are seeking to be granted asylum by establishing a credible fear claim.

A U.S. Immigration Credible Fear Screening is a process where an individual from a non-contiguous country may claim fear of torture and returning to their country due to that reason. The individual will then be screened and interviewed by Federal Agents who will determine if the fear is credible.

If deemed credible the individual will be granted a hearing to request asylum under credible fear.

A Federal Judge will then determine if the individual qualifies for political asylum through the credible fear process.

Dos Republicas and TCEQ file for appeal in Third Court regarding denial of permit

The Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding an appeal by Dos Republicas Coal Partnership and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) regarding the denial of a water discharge permit renewal by the coal mining company.

Oral arguments over the issue will be taking place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, in Austin Texas before a three-judge panel.

The denial stems from an application to renewal by Dos Republicas which was denied by Travis County 250th Judicial District Judge Tim Sulak on October 27, 2017.

DCRP and TCEQ filed an appeal on the ruling and are now scheduled to go before the panel and present their arguments as to why the permit renewal should be granted.

During the parties presentations before the Third Court of Appeals, other issues affirmed by Judge Sulak will also be contested.

Dos Republicas Coal Partnership has been operating an open surface coal mine in Maverick County for several years and is looking to expand its operations for at least another five years.

Opponents of the mine are against the expansion and operation.