According to information obtained by the Washington Examiner, the U.S. Border Patrol has put agents on high alert after discovering that an attempt was made to gather the home addresses of agents with the intention of “torturing” federal law enforcement, including their family members.
According to a screenshot shared exclusively with the Washington Examiner on Tuesday night, the FBI has begun an investigation into concerning text message solicitations that ask for information that the sender claims would be used to target agents.
“We will pay for any addresses of Border Patrol agents!! $200 your way if you get me a border patrol agent’s address. $1K if you get me they mommas address,” the text messages state, according to a screenshot. “We offer $$$ for information on BP agents. Top dollar on good info. I’ll post us torturing any bp agent u send [sic].”
The El Paso regional office of Border Patrol sent out an email warning on Tuesday in response to reports of threats made within the agency.
“On October 10, 2023, the El Paso Sector Intelligence and Operations Center (EPT-IOC) received information regarding a threatening message concerning Border Patrol Agents (BPA),” the Border Patrol letter to agents states.
“Las Cruces FBI agents encountered a message in where a subject is offering money to anyone who can provide addresses of BPAs,” the warning continued. “The sender offered a higher compensation amount for the addresses of any agents’ mother and/or ‘Top dollar’ for good information on agents. The sender stated he would post them torturing any BPA they send information on.”
The FBI was “actively working” on the issue, according to the notice.
Regarding the threat to agents’ safety, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal organization in charge of overseeing the Border Patrol, remained silent.
“Remain cognizant of their surroundings at all times and report any suspicious activity” to supervisors is the directive given by Border Patrol to agents.
Although the FBI was focusing on one suspect, officials in Texas and Washington stated that internal rumors that the communications are being sent by Mexican cartels had not been verified. When contacted for comment, the FBI remained silent.
There was no response from the National Border Patrol Council.
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