Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Involved In Multi-Agency Effort
HOUSTON February 28, 2015 – Houston BEST (HSI, CBP, DPS), with personnel from Liberty County Sheriff Office (LCSO), HSI Beaumont, DEA Beaumont and with assistance from the Houston Police Department (HPD) conducted a contraband and bulk cash smuggling interdiction exploitation operation whereby the partner agencies leveraged targeted traffic stops to identify individuals and vehicles using hidden compartments or other concealment means to smuggle narcotics and/or currency transiting Liberty County, Texas with particular emphasis on vehicles connected to the Port of Houston or with ties to the international border.
As a result of the Operation approximately 102 vehicles were stopped.
CBP Outbound Enforcement Team used a new XML X-ray truck to scan and analyze approximately 19 vehicles with concentration on commercial trucks hauling tractor trailers/cargo containers and a Mexican passenger bus.
Participating personnel identified a Mexican passenger bus for scrutiny and subsequently located a unique trap within a trap built on the rear frame of bus near the engine. The outer trap is believed to serve as a heat shield to protect bulk cash concealed in the inner trap from being scorched by hot engine/exhaust parts. Although the trap was empty, sufficient information was gathered for future exploitation.
One alien smuggler was arrested and seven illegal aliens (including five adult males from Guatemala, one unaccompanied minor male from Guatemala and one unaccompanied minor male from Mexico) were administratively arrested and processed for removal. The alien smuggling load was destined for New York and the case was turned over to an HSI human smuggling unit.
The operation also resulted in the discovery and seizure of approximately one ounce of hydro marijuana secreted in a large mason jar from Alexander V SEGOVIA, 1601 Main Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53083 and Jacob Howard CHERRY, 2730 S 16th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081.
In addition to targeting vehicles, participants used the exercise to recruit commercial truck drivers working in and around the Houston Seaport as confidential informants.