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Mexican Government Incidents

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FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Purpose: The purpose of this document is to provide an intelligence overview concerning Mexican Government incursions, encounters and sightings on the U.S. and Mexico borders. Sources Used: Information contained in this report is derived from Border Patrol reports of Mexican Military and Police activity on the US/Mexico border. Time Period: This document provides the most recent, corrected and amended information/intelligence available.
NOTE: This report is based upon information obtained from various open sources. No classified information was used in the preparation of this report.

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INTELLIGENCE UPDA TE: Mexican Government Sightings on the Southwestern Border (SWB).

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Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Border Patrol Border Patrol Field Intelligence Center
P.O. Box 6057 EI Paso, Texas 79906

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

AS OF: September 30, 2004

From 1996 to present, the Office of Border Patrol Field Intelligence Center (BORFIC) has confirmed two hundred and eight incursions into the United States by Mexican government personnel.

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As of September 30, 2004, the Office of Border Patrol Field Intelligence Center (BORFIC) has confirmed twenty-three incursions. • • Seven by Mexican Military personnel. Sixteen by Mexican law enforcement personnel. Locations: San Diego Sector: three EI Centro Sector: six Yuma Sector: one Tucson Sector: two EI Paso Sector: five Marfa Sector: one Laredo Sector: two McAllen Sector: three

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ENCOUNTERS .,. Three as of September 30,2004. Locations: EI Paso Sector: three

SIGHTINGS :,. Three as of September 30,2004. Locations: McAllen Sector: three

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MEXICAN GOVERNMENT

BORDER INCIDENTS - METHODOLOGY

An incident will be classified as either an Incursion, an Encounter or a Sighting. The following methodology is used in classifying each incident. INCURSION INCURSIONS - An Incursion is defined as the unauthorized crossing of the U.S. - Mexico border by Mexican Government Personnel. It may be either intentional or unintentional. Armed Incursion: weapons. Mexican Government Personnel are carrying

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ENCOUNTERS - An Encounter is any activity by Mexican Government Personnel on the Mexican side of the U.S.- Mexico Border that results in interaction between the parties involved. Threatening Encounter: Shots are fired, a weapon is pointed or objects are thrown across the U.S.- Mexico Border at LEA's, U.S. Military personnel or U.S.civilians. Non-Threatening Encounter: Mexican Government Personnel establish communications with LEA's or U.S. Military personnel on their respective sides of the Border. S/GHTINGS SIGHTINGS - A Sighting is the discovery of significant Mexican Government activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.- Mexico border, which is not an encounter and may be of LEA interest.

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Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Office of Border Patrol Border Patrol Field Intelligence Center P.O. Box 6057 EI Paso, Texas 79906 SUBJECT: The following is a listing of Mexican Government for FY2004: SECTION ONE -INCURSIONS An Incursion is defined as the unauthorized crossing of the U.S. Mexico Border by Mexican Government Personnel. It may be either intentional or unintentional. Incidents reported

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1. MEXICAN POLICE INCURSION (ARMED I INTENTIONAL) - EL PASO I FABENS STATION- On 10/12103, BPA~ed to the Fabens, Texas Station were notified by ICE Aircraft l____j that two Mexican law enforcement officers had entered the US illegally from Mexico The ~g occurred at approximately 1330 hours MST at a ... 1 ..... L_JNest of Fabens POE. The aircraft radioed that the two officers appeared to be searching for something. BPAs responded to the rrea. but the two SUbjects returned to Mexico before contact was possible. _

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FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY DEMING STATION - On 03/21/2004, a BPA assigned to the Deming, New Mexico Station was alerted by two Mexican Officials that they were attempting to arrest a subject that was running north. The aaent (b)(6) subsequently arrested The agent noticed that the two Mexican Officials were also in the U.S. side of the border, so he the aajnt) detained the two Mexican officials and (b)(6) rted them and to the station. Records check rev~t had several apprehensions and three prior deportations. L___js (b )(2) geld for re-entry after deportation. The two Mexican Officials were granted a voluntary departure. Mexican Consulate was notified.

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I INTENTIONAL) YUMA I a Border Patrol Pilot assigned to the Yuma Station Air Operations Unit observed a marked Mexican police vehicle make an incursion into the United States near the Port of Entry in Andrade, California. The vehicle drove about 200 yards north of the border and two uniformed Mexican officials attempted to apprehend a fleeing subject into the U.S without success. The pilot was then able to direct BPAs to the fleeing subject. The subject was an undocumented Mexican alien and was arrested. He was retuned to Mexico voluntarily. Mexican officials returned tq Mexico without incident.
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19. MEXICAN GOVERNMENT INCURSION (ARMED I INTENTIONAL) EL CENTRO I CALEXICO STATION· On 7/17/04, a Border Patrol Agent observed a border incursion b Mexican Law Enforcement while operating Two Mexican Police Officers were ~-~o--m":!:e~o~r~el"'r -:=:o~n-m~e~s~o~u'm':"'~ank All American Canal. of the A Supervisory Border Patrol Agent responded to the scene and made contact with the Mexican Police Officers from the Mexicali Police Department (Comandancia Urbana). The officers stated that they were in pursuit of a burglary suspect that crossed the border and entered the canal. When informed that they were in the United States, the officers returned to Mexico. The subject who had been seen in the canal earlier was not located.

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23. MEXICAN GOVERNMENT INCURSION (ARMED I INTENTIONAL) - EI CENTRO I EL CENTRO STATION ~ On August 30,2004 at 7 PM, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the EI Centro California station observed an incursion into the United States by three individuals believed to be Mexicali Police Officers. They walked approximately 20 yards north of the U ~ I Mexico border jo 1he SO.lJ:b bank Of the .811-A.maricr Canal,

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An Encounter is any activity by Mexican Government Personnel on the Mexican side of the U.S. - Mexico Border that which results in interaction between the parties involved.

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spo e 0 severa mem ers o e uru an 0 ere or er a rol assistance in conducting their operations. SBPA also gave them his business card and stated that he could be contacted at the phone numbers displayed on the card if the military unit required Border Patrol assistance. The leader of the unit stated that they would be patrolling the area looking for narcotic traffickina. The commander stated that they would be checkina vehicles

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A Sighting is the discovery of significant Mexican Government activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.- Mexico border, which is not an encounter and may be of LEA interest.

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