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Border Patrol Disrupts Aviation Smuggling Attempt at Edinburg TX Airport

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EDINBURG, Texas— U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations agents, disrupted an aviation bootlegging try at the Edinburg International Airport. At approximately 12:30 p.m., agents encountered an aviation bootlegging try in swell around private aircraft. Air ban agents interdicted the aircraft and achieved a commander request and immigration inspection. The investigation dynamic the two U.S. Citizen Pilots were attempting to fly 3 undocumented aliens. This led to the detain of 5 people and the seizure of one Beechcraft King Air 200, twin engine Airplane.

This was the second aviation bootlegging try in one week in the Rio Grande Valley that was disrupted by Air and Marine Operations agents. Individuals roving around secretly owned aircraft, do not have to go by a TSA inspection, or a U.S. Border Patrol check point, making it a very remunerative way to equivocate immigration inspection.


“Aviation bootlegging in the Rio Grande Valley is zero new. Part of Air and Marine Operations goal is to forbid these attempts. Circumventing the U.S. Border Patrol check points, and the TSA no fly list, can poise to a inhabitant confidence risk,” pronounced Steve Jones, Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent of the McAllen Air and Marine Branch. “We rest on the ubiquitous open to warning us to questionable activity. However, Air and Marine Operations will continue to control random, and unpredictable, commander request and immigration inspections on general and domestic flights around private aircraft,” Jones added.

Air and Marine Operations has the management to finish commander request inspections in suitability with FAR 61.3, along with immigration inspections. Charter companies and pilots, drifting illegal aliens, can design rapist charges, along with the seizure of their aircraft under 8 U.S.C 1324 and INA 274(b).

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