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TuesdayOctober 18, 2011

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WOW! Dominican’s Love to Buy Lottery Tickets

WOW! Dominican’s Love to Buy Lottery Tickets

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Dominicans spend RD$70 million (almost $2 million USD) every day on lottery tickets of one sort or another, and there are twice as many places to purchase a lottery ticket than there were five years ago.

According to the Listin Diario, Wilson de los Santos, the head of the Dominican Federation of Lottery Agencies (Fenabanca), there are 35,000 places to buy these, and an estimated RD$70 million is played every day.

The real gambling volume is higher because this total does not include illegal numbers games or the scratch cards that are sold in every colmado in the country are accounted for.

In spite of higher taxation on games of chance and the lottery sales points, play has steadily increased over the years. In 2009, two new electronic lotteries entered the market, Loteka and Loto Real, which compete with the National Lottery and the International Electronic Lottery (Leidsa), which started in 1997. Each of the four lotteries has a daily drawing and there are at least 19 options for playing.

While there is a law that says that there should be at least 400 meters between lottery sales points, this is frequently violated, especially in the barrios.

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Hispanic Radio Listeners Raise $451,282 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Radio listeners in 11 Hispanic radio markets helped raise $451,282 during its annual Promesa y Esperanza radiothon of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  During the two-day broadcast event, Davidson Media group and its affiliates in Charlotte, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Kansas City, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Richmond, Va.; and Springfield, Mass., dedicated more than 30 hours of programming to raise funds for St. Jude, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

“We are grateful for the support that the Hispanic community has given to our patients and families through events like Promesa y Esperanza in communities around the country,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude.

“Funds raised through this program help kids in the U.S., Latin America and around the world who benefit from St. Jude’s groundbreaking research and pioneering treatments that help save lives.”

Since its inception in 1997, Promesa y Esperanza has raised more than $74 million towards St. Jude’s mission of finding cures and saving children.

During the radiothon, local listeners in each of Davidson Media’s participating markets had the opportunity to hear heartwarming stories about St. Jude patients, like Emilio. Emilio is a 14-year-old who is currently receiving treatment at St. Jude. He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor called ependymoma. At St. Jude, Emilio has received the best medical care thanks to the generous donations of Angeles de Esperanza, monthly donors. Thanks to events such as this, families never pay St. Jude for treatment and St. Jude covers the cost of travel, lodging and food for patients and a family member.

 

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Record Number of Undocumented Immigrant Deportations, Nearly 400,000 in Fiscal 2011

Record Number of Undocumented Immigrant Deportations, Nearly 400,000 in Fiscal 2011

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton today announced the agency’s fiscal year 2011 year-end removal numbers, highlighting trends that underscore the administration’s focus on removing individuals from the country that fall into priority areas for enforcement.

Overall, in FY 2011 ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 396,906 individuals — the largest number in the agency’s history. Of these, nearly 55 percent or 216,698 of the people removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors — an 89 percent increase in the removal of criminals since FY 2008.

This includes 1,119 aliens convicted of homicide; 5,848 aliens convicted of sexual offenses; 44,653 aliens convicted of drug related crimes; and 35,927 aliens convicted of driving under the influence. And 129,151 or the majority of the undocumented immigrants with convictions had misdemeanor convictions.

ICE also deported 180,208 individuals that did not have a criminal record. 

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Student and Parent Upset Over Spanish Teacher’s Assignment to Recite Mexico Pledge of Allegiance

Student and Parent Upset Over Spanish Teacher’s Assignment to Recite Mexico Pledge of Allegiance

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A Spanish teacher’s assignment at a Texas high school angered a student and her father enough that they went to the school principal to complain.

The story of 15-year-old Brenda Brinsdon’s refusal to stand during or participate in her Spanish class’ recital of the Mexican pledge of allegiance or the country’s national anthem has gone viral.

Last month, Brinsdon’s class was told to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class, but she refused, and decided to take a video of it, likely on her phone.

When she spoke to Achieve Early College High School’s principal she was told there was nothing wrong with the assignment, as it was part of the curriculum. And when she objected, she was given the alternate assignment of writing an essay about Mexican revolution.

She apparently did her assignment during the week in which the other students recited the anthem and pledge of allegiance.

Mark May, a school district spokesman, told The Blaze the original assignment was not asking the students to actually pledge allegiance to Mexico or “renounce the U.S. The teacher was “simply spreading the culture of another country. In my mind it’s no different from memorizing a poem or memorizing a passage from Shakespeare.”

May added that the assignment was “well received” by other students and parents, but that “there’s always going to be people [who] fell a little bit differently.”


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Margaritaville Las Vegas Reclaims the Guinness World Record for The Largest Margarita Ever Made

Margaritaville Las Vegas Reclaims the Guinness World Record for The Largest Margarita Ever Made

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[Sunday, October 16,] Margaritaville broke the World Record for the largest margarita ever made as verified by Guinness World Records. The event was part of the grand opening festivities for the new Margaritaville Casino at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Halfway through the ceremony celebrating the new World Record, Jimmy Buffett surprised fans by coming out and raising a glass of Lucky Rita with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team along with Flamingo’s Rick Mazer and Margaritaville’s Tamara Baldanza in front of more than 1,000 Parrotheads and onlookers.

“Much appreciation for these great wounded warriors, who I’ve worked with for a long time. Gentleman, thank you for coming out. We’re going to have a good time this weekend. Let the FIN begin,” Buffett said.

Lucky RitaLucky Rita is now on sale to the public allowing guests a taste of history and an opportunity to contribute to a great cause. For every gallon of Lucky Rita sold, Margaritaville will donate $5 to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. More than a margarita, Lucky Rita is a concoction with a cause.

After six months of planning, the mixing of the colossal 8,500-gallon beverage, appropriately named “Lucky Rita,” began its first pour on Oct. 11. Lucky Rita took an estimated 300 work hours to mix the concoction. Lucky Rita kicks off Margaritaville Week with margaritas offered to the public until Oct.23.

Surpassing the previous record holder by 873 gallons, Lucky Rita’s Recipe Includes 2,125 gallons of Margaritaville Gold Tequila, 708 gallons of Margaritaville Triple Sec, 5,667 gallons Margarita mix and 22,267 limes. The recipe serves 181,333 12-ounce margaritas.

The Seventh Annual Street Parties coincide with Jimmy Buffett’s Vegas concerts on the Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. Beginning at 11 a.m. each Saturday, the legendary, all-day, outdoor, free admission street parties will offer guests a taste of Lucky Rita along with live entertainment, interactive games, great food and drinks along with exciting giveaways including Margaritaville sunglasses, flip flops, frozen concoction makers and Jimmy Buffett concert tickets. Information about the two street parties will continue to be updated on Margaritaville.com.

In addition to the on-site festivities Margaritaville will also debut Margaritaville Online at the Oct. 15 Street Party. Guests can virtually escape to a tropical island getaway in THQ’s innovative and humorous Facebook and iOS social game Margaritaville Online. Inspired by the laid-back, tropical paradise lifestyle of singer-songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, friends will be able to party and play in an immersive 3D-perspective utopia with familiar island music, entertaining games, unique adventures and more! Send your friends delicious fruit drinks and relax by the beach while fending off party pirates, participating in mini-games and building your very own oasis.

Read more at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville →

Colombian Students Call for a “Kiss-a-Thon” Protest to Demand Quality Public Education

Students from Colombia’s National University are calling for a kissing march, a kiss-a-thon, for a free, quality public education.

A group of students has used the social network Facebook, to call for a kiss-a-thon. “Education is not an exclusive privilege of the ruling class. This is why we are calling you to help us show the love we have for education, and what better way to doing so than kissing?” said the group on their Facebook page.

“Those of you who don’t have anyone to kiss, will surely find someone there,” the group predicts.

The group said that for the shy people, a big hug is also valid; they will meet tomorrow at 4 pm, and will kiss until 4:30. The march could become a giant “chain of kissers” if enough people show up, according to the event organizers.

Kiss-a-Thons, and other creative ways of marching and protesting have been widely used by students in Colombia and Chile, who seek an end to corporation-like education systems, as well as institutionalizing free and quality education for everyone regardless of financial status.

 

 

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Immigrants Protest Against Wells Fargo for Donating Millions to Anti-Immigrant Politicians

Immigrants Protest Against Wells Fargo for Donating Millions to Anti-Immigrant Politicians

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In Minnesota, Hispanic and Somali immigrants have organized in a protest against Wells Fargo angry that the bank has donated to anti-immigration politicians like Michele Bachmann and Lamar Smith and private prison corporations.

Protestors gathered outside a Wells Fargo branch in Minneapolis Saturday to demand the bank no longer donate to politicians they say are working against immigrants, especially while the bank works to court immigrant customers with Spanish-language ads and programs to educate Latino customers about banking.

Using its mutual funds, Wells Fargo large amounts of money into GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America – two of the U.S.’s largest for-profit detention centers. Each year, GEO and CCA both donate money to lobby for stricter immigration enforcement and make it much harder to legally enter the U.S.

Secretary-treasurer of Service Employees International Union Local 26 Greg Nammacher, who helped organize the protest, told the Huffington Post, “On the one hand, Wells Fargo is launching coordinated ad campaigns around the country to recruit scores of new immigrant customers, [while] on the other hand, they’re financing the criminalization of immigrants through both support of anti-immigrant politicians and investing in companies like [Corrections Corporation of America].”

Claims against both prison companies have stated that they have allowed inmates to be mistreated by guards and other workers.

A third company, the Management and Training Corporation, also receives money from Wells Fargo. The company’s own documents have revealed it only cares about its bottom line when determining which politicians and pieces of legislation to back.

In Management and Training Corporation’s 2010 annual report, it that “the relaxation of enforcement efforts” could severely reduce the demand for their services.

Nammacher said, “The immigrant community has no intention of standing by while Wells Fargo finances their own demise using their own deposits. Companies like Wells Fargo that are entrenched in our broken immigration system, they’re either going to be a part of propagating the problem or they’ll be responsible and divest from anti-immigrant corporations and politicians.”

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Albino Cyclops Shark Is The Real Deal According to Experts (VIDEO)

Albino Cyclops Shark Is The Real Deal According to Experts (VIDEO)

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National Geographic has released a statement that the Albino Cyclops shark is a real discovery.  They stand behind the two Mexican scientists who studied and x-rayed the cartoon-looking fish and found it to be a real shark, with a weird disorder, not a hoax.

Fisherman Jesús Lucero León “legally caught” a female dusky shark near the “Sea of Cortez” in the gulf of California. The mother shark was pregnant.

Biologist Felipe Galván-Magaña of the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences in La Paz, México told National Geographic that when León sliced open his catch, he found a strange looking shark inside, next to nine normal siblings.

The bizarre discovery is not a hoax; it is a very much real case of “shark cyclopia,” a rare disorder in which the genetic development of the two separate eyes is suppressed, and the subject ends up with one eye instead of two, and more likely than not, there are typically other facial deformities.

Jim Gelsleichter, a shark biologist at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, said that no sharks with cyclopia have been caught outside of the womb. Survival rates of those affected with cyclopia is minimal, for example,  puppies and kittens born with cyclopia usually dying after just a day or so.

Galván-Magaña and colleague Marcela Bejarano-Álvarez are ready to release a paper documenting their research, watch the video below for further information.

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Body of Missing Arkansas Student Patricia Guardado, 20, Found in Pond

LATINO BLOTTER: Body of Missing Arkansas Student Patricia Guardado, 20, Found in Pond

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The body of a missing Arkansas girl was found in a pond near Little Rock on Monday, and her death has been ruled a homicide by police.

Patricia Guardado has been identified as the girl found in a pond near a cemetery about 10 miles from Little Rock in Sweet Home, AR.

Guardado went missing October 12th, after leaving her parents’ home around 8:45 a.m. She reportedly had a 9 a.m. calculus class at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, but never made it to the class. Her car was found near the school, and authorities are searching for evidence of what happened to the 20-year-old.

Her uncle, Gerardo Garcia Ramirez told Fox News that he was shocked not only by his niece’s death, but also by the lack of information given to the family by police.

ImageAuthorities have not named any suspects and say they are unsure of how long her body had been in the pond. A spokesperson did say that Guardado’s body was found by fishermen who noticed a gate leading to the water was open, and went to investigate why. Authorities were then called.

Garcia Ramirez said Guardado “was always working and studying. She was a good daughter, a good sister, a good niece.”

Guardado was a sophomore majoring in international business.

A vigil for the young student was held at her family’s church, St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

A murder investigation is ongoing.

Authorities are asking that anyone with any information call the Little Rock Detective Division at (501) 371-4660.

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This is No Run of The Bulls. This is What Bieber-Fever Looks Like in Perú (VIDEO)

This is No Run of The Bulls. This is What Bieber-Fever Looks Like in Perú (VIDEO)

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Watch as Peruvian fans of Justin Bieber sprint behind his car hooting, screaming, and taunting in the same fashion as crowds do to the bulls in Pamplona.

Despite threats on his life if he played in Perú, Justin Bieber played a concert last night in Lima, the nation’s capital.

Watch the video below, and join us in our forums section, where we will be talking about everything Bieber, and the Justin fever in Latin America.

 

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WATCH: Heartwarming Story of an Undocumented Father’s Fight to Give His Son “A Better Life”

WATCH: Heartwarming Story of an Undocumented Father’s Fight to Give His Son “A Better Life”

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As the GOP’s presidential debates force the candidates to clarify their policies, undocumented immigration

One film tugs at viewers’ heart strings as they watch a Mexican father’s try gut-wrenching attempt to provide for and reconnect with his estranged son.

“A Better Life” follows undocumented father Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir) as he lives a low-profile life as a landscaper in East Los Angeles and as he tries to give his son Luis (José Julián) a better life than he had.

It all start to fall apart for the hard-working father when his new work truck is stolen. Due to his undocumented status, he is afraid to go to the police and attempts to find the vehicle on his own.

From the moment the truck is stolen, things only get worse and the film follows Galindo through the struggle.

What makes this movie so different from others on the topic is the realness behind it all.

The movie is actually based on a situation producer Paul Witt witnessed more than 20 years ago. He says his neighbor’s gardener had his truck stolen and subsequently lost his livelihood because of it. He could not report the theft because he is not in the country legally.

To bring reality to the screen, director Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) worked with Rev. Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries, which is run by former gang members. This collaboration provided the movie with a real sense of Los Angeles, as they cast and crew shot is 96 locations around the city. It also brought a real sense of language to the film, as the script was modified to include authentic slang and linguistic differences used throughout L.A.

“A Better Life” was released on June 24, and has received primarily positive reviews, including one from Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine saying it delivers “raw emotional power” while not using the script “to build a pulpit.” He adds that A Better Life “lets us into the mind and heart of a man most of us walk past and never see.”

The film comes out on DVD Tuesday, October 18.


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Eva Longoria to Co-Host Fundraiser Gala for President Obama

Eva Longoria to Co-Host Fundraiser Gala for President Obama

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Eva Longoria is one of several high profile Latinos that will co-host a fundraising event for President Barack Obama at the home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith in Los Angeles.

The first ever national Latino gala for Obama’s candidacy will start at 6pm next Monday, October 24.

The gala is expected to help draw support from Latinos, and a number of Obama’s jet-set backers in Hollywood.

Other Latino co-hosts of the fundraiser include ‘Futuro Fund’ chairs Giselle Fernández, Andrés W. Lopez, Henry R. Muñoz III and Manuel “Manny” Sánchez. The event will also feature Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

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FOUND:Missing Fla. Girl Last Seen With Those Who Chained up Mentally Handicapped, Was She Abused?

FOUND:Missing Fla. Girl Last Seen With Those Who Chained up Mentally Handicapped, Was She Abused?

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Over the weekend, Philadelphia police were called when a landlord discovered four mentally handicapped people were being chained in the sub-basement of one of his buildings.

Three people have been arrested in connection to the awful crime. Gregory Thomas, Eddie “the Rev. Ed” Wright, and Linda Ann Weston, who is believed to be the ringleader, are being accused of locking the victims in what is being described a “horror house”. It is suspected Thomas, Wright, and Weston imprisoned the victims to collect their social security benefits.

Luckily, the four victims, once found, were taken to the hospital in stable condition, and the families of three have been notified. They are currently residing in a mental health facility in North Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia.

However, police now believe the case of missing 15-year-old Florida girl, Benita Rodriguez, may be related as she was last seen with Thomas’ son, Gregory Thomas Jr.

Rodriguez was last seen on July 4 at her West Palm Beach, Florida home with Thomas Jr.

Around 11 p.m. Monday, authorities told local news reporters that Rodriguez had been found.

Her mother, Juana Rodriguez, told a local ABC affiliate, “I just want to hold her and love her. I just want to hold her.”

So far, Linda Weston, 51, has been charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and other offenses, with bail set at $2.5 million.

Read more at Fox News →

Restraining Order Granted to Protect Selena Gómez from Viable Death Threat

Restraining Order Granted to Protect Selena Gómez from Viable Death Threat

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Selena Gómez was granted a restraining order by a California Judge, against 46 year-old Thomas Brodnicki, who told his therapist he was going to kill the teen starlet.

Court filings released yesterday say Brodnicki must stay 100 yards away from Selena and her workplace until the next hearing scheduled on November 4. The restraining order will likely be extended for three years in the next court hearing as the Court is taking the threats very seriously, given Brodnicki’s history of mental illness and violent sociopathic behavior.

Brodnicki told his therapist he had held conversations with God about Selena Gómez’s death; he confessed to have traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles to visit her workplace. Brodnicki was sentenced to three years in prison last summer for stalking a Des Plaines, Illinois woman on and off for eight years, a behavior that started when she was 18.

Authorities said Brodnicki was infatuated with the woman and would tell her it was God’s will for him to impregnate her.

Brodnicki was taken into mental health history last month after allegedly threatening to scratch people’s eyes out on the street. 

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#OccupyWallStreet Vocalizes In Spanish (VIDEO)

#OccupyWallStreet Vocalizes In Spanish (VIDEO)

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#OccupyWallStreet protesters are now organizing all over the world and speaking out in all different languages.  Here is the first gathering of ‘Ocupa Wall Street’ that came together in New York to voice their concerns in Spanish.  The message heard was the same: unemployment rates are too high, corporate greed to vast and then there’s the high rates of foreclosures for Latinos and lack of focus on immigration reform.


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National Week of the Migrant to Launch in Mexico City This Week

National Week of the Migrant to Launch in Mexico City This Week

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On October 20 and 21,  2011, as part of the National Week of the Migrant, the third International Forum on Migration and Peace will be held in Mexico City, organized by the National Institute of Migration in Mexico. The purpose of this Third Forum is to continue networking at an international level to promote human dignity and peaceful coexistence as a universal right for everyone.  The Forum will bring together representatives of governments and civil society in order to “promote the debate and dialogue on the implications of the multifaceted phenomenon of migration and promote the peaceful coexistence of peoples and democracy.”

The Third Forum will have as its slogan, “Safe International Migration” and will examine the impact of violence on international migration and refugee flows, and how governmental powers (legislative, executive and judiciary) and civil society protagonists can define and implement policies and programs to promote safety for migrants and refugees who cross international borders, as well as pursue new relationships that allow civil coexistence.

The International Forum on Migration and Peace is organized by the Scalabrini International Network for Migration in coordination with agencies of the countries in which the forum takes place, so this Third Forum is organized in coordination with the Presidency of Mexico and the National Institute of Migration. At the opening of the Forum, President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, and Oscar Arias Sanchez, Former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize, 1987 will co-host.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  $75,000 Worth of Marijuana Found Inside Table Shipped from Mexico

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  $75,000 Worth of Marijuana Found Inside Table Shipped from Mexico

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On October 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Louisville UPS Express Consignment Operation discovered almost 25 pounds of marijuana, worth $75,000, hidden inside a wooden table shipped from Mexico.

CBP officers found the drugs after routine x-rays showed anomalies within this everyday item. Smugglers created a hollow cavity in the table’s pedestal in which 24.6 pounds of marijuana was secreted. The interdicted table with narcotics was destined for an address in Iowa. No arrests have been made in relation to this seizure as the case is still under investigation.

This discovery is a direct result of the officer’s use of their intuition, experience and available resources in the detection and interdiction of this marijuana shipment,” said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. “I take great pride in knowing that we have a highly dedicated and committed group of CBP officers assigned to the UPS facility disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country.”

CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at express consignment facilities throughout the country conducting enforcement operations on international parcels. All shipments coming into these locations are screened through radiation portals to ensure that radioactive materials do not enter this country.

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TuesdayOctober 18, 2011