Raymond Rivera, Border Patrol Agent
CBP, Amado, AZ
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agent Raymond Rivera is currently stationed at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Amado, Ariz., where he inspects vehicles with his canine, Zarrah, a 5 year-old Belgian Malinois, searching for concealed individuals and narcotics. A certified bike instructor, he also conducts training for the Nogales Station’s Uniformed Bike Patrol Unit.
During his service with the Border Patrol, Agent Rivera risked his life as part of an operation to disrupt human trafficking rings in Nogales, Ariz. As part of a joint operation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Tucson, Ariz. FBI office, he acted as an undercover agent to arrange the purchase and delivery of illegal Iranian passports and make arrangements to smuggle Iranian nationals into the United States from Mexico. His actions led to more than two-dozen felony prosecutions.
In 2005, Agent Rivera was presented with the Top Blue Eagle Award for his role in the undercover operation.
CBP is the largest uniformed, federal law enforcement agency in the country. As the guardians of America’s borders, CBP is responsible for securing America’s borders against threats while facilitating legal travel, trade, and immigration.