EL PASO, TEXAS—Diligence on the part of U.S. Border Patrol agents at a traffic checkpoint in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, area Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a U.S citizen with an extensive criminal history who was in possession of a stolen firearm.
On Tuesday, April 30, at approximately 9:30 p.m., while conducting an immigration inspection of a passenger bus at the Interstate 25 checkpoint, U.S. Border Patrol agents using service canines alerted to a duffel bag belonging to Steven Valdez, a passenger on the bus. Agents received consent from Valdez to search the bag which revealed an unloaded 40-caliber pistol concealed in a sock, and a loaded magazine in another sock.
Records checks revealed an extensive criminal history, including a conviction of aggravated battery, resisting/evading and assault. The concealed firearm discovered in Valdez's possession had also been reported stolen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Valdez was placed into custody and arrested for being an aggravated felon in possession of a stolen firearm. Valdez was then remanded to the custody of the New Mexico State Police Department, who issued a warrant for his arrest.
This arrest is an example of the impact being made on a regular basis by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol to increase the quality of life in the communities that they serve while securing our nation's borders.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.