LAREDO, Texas – The Texas Hold ‘Em initiative was launched on June 19, 2008, by the U.S. Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety, who joined in a multi-agency enforcement effort to improve border security. The Texas Hold ‘Em initiative is designed to reduce human and illegal contraband smuggling in commercial vehicles. Texas Hold ‘Em features a public outreach campaign focused on informing the general public of the repercussions associated with commercial drivers convicted of human and narcotic smuggling.

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Defendants Laundered Transactions for ‘Money Now Funding’ Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission has charged 12 defendants with laundering millions of dollars in credit card charges through fraudulent merchant accounts. According to the complaint filed by the FTC, the defendants arranged for a deceptive operation known as Money Now Funding (MNF) to obtain and maintain merchant accounts that allowed it to process almost $6 million through the credit card networks.

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DEL RIO, Texas – A Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agent saved a young girl who got caught in a rough water section of the Comal River.

“Del Rio Sector agents are committed to preserving life and the safety of our communities, both on and off the job,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent of Del Rio Sector Matthew J. Hudak. “I am immensely proud of the selfless actions that Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Sanchez took that day and remind our agents to remain vigilant at all times.”

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the International Falls Port of Entry hosted a retirement party Wednesday for CBP narcotics detector dog “Miky.”

“Miky” served with his partner, CBP Officer Pete Benedix, since 2012 and was assigned to the International Falls Port of Entry. In his five-year career, “Miky” participated in multiple narcotics seizures.

K-9 Miky and CBPO Benedix. A retirement party was held at the International Falls Port of Entry for CBP K-9 "Miky," seen here with his partner, CBP Officer Pete Benedix.

CBP employs dogs as long as they can successfully perform and meet workload requirements. The service career of a detector dog will typically last no longer than eight years. “Miky” was adopted by his CBP K-9 handler and partner. This ensures that “Miky” will have a loving and comfortable life for his golden years in retirement.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission have awarded nearly $2.5 million to an employee of a domestic government agency whose whistleblower tip helped launch an SEC investigation and whose continued assistance enabled the SEC to address a company's misconduct.

''Whistleblowers can provide a wealth of information and ongoing assistance that helps our agency bring enforcement actions quicker and more efficiently,'' said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower. ''This whistleblower not only helped us open the case, but also provided timely ongoing assistance along with critical documents and testimony that accelerated the pace of our enforcement action.''

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Sitka, Alaska, departed Wednesday on a historic voyage through the Northwest Passage.

This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the three Coast Guard cutters and one Canadian ship that convoyed through the Northwest Passage. The crews of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Storis, SPAR and Bramble, along with the crew of the Canadian ice breaker HMCS Labrador, charted, recorded water depths and installed aids to navigation for future shipping lanes from May to September of 1957. All four crews became the first deep-draft ships to sail through the Northwest Passage, which are several passageways through the complex archipelago of the Canadian Arctic.

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