Judicial Watch reports that a team led by a Middle Eastern woman was recently caught surveilling a U.S. port of entry on the Mexican border holding a sketchbook with Arabic writing and drawings of the facility and its security system.
When the woman — identified as 23-year-old Leila Abdelrazaq — was asked why she was carrying a sketchbook, she explained that she was sketching the border because she’s never been there before.
She eventually handed over the sketchbook, which was filled with English and Arabic writing and drawings of the facility and its security system, including the gate and video surveillance cameras.
Abdelrazaq appeared to have two accomplices: a 31-year-old man named Gabriel Schivone and a 28-year-old woman named Leslie Mcafee. CBP agents noticed the trio “observing the facilities” at the Port of Mariposa in Nogales, Arizona in early December.
Schivone was first noticed inside the entrance of the pedestrian area while the two women stood outside by the entry door, according to a Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) report obtained by JW this week.
“There were drawings of what appeared to be vehicle primary inspection area and an additional drawing of pedestrian turn stile gate depicting video surveillance cameras above the gate,” federal officers write in the document. The report proceeds to reveal that the drawings were “partial and incomplete.”
This distressing information comes on the heels of two other incidents in the same vicinity.
A few weeks ago JW reported that five young Middle Eastern men were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in Amado, Arizona, which is a town situated about 30 miles from the Mexican border. Two of the men were carrying stainless steel cylinders in backpacks, alarming Border Patrol officials enough to call the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for backup.
While DHS officially denies this ever occurred, law enforcement and other sources have confirmed to JW that the two men carrying the cylinders were believed to be taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A week earlier, 6 men — one from Afghanistan, five from Pakistan — were arrested in nearby Patagonia, a quaint ranch town that sits 20 miles north of the Mexican border city of Nogales.