EL PASO, TEXAS—Illegal entry and narcotic smuggling attempts are once again foiled by alert U.S. Border Patrol agents in El Paso and New Mexico Thursday.
On Jan. 3, 40-year-old, Juan Carlos Eguino-Orduno made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the United States illegally. Eguino-Orduno's attempt was quickly frustrated by vigilant U.S. Border Patrol agents. Eguino-Orduno was apprehended and his biometric information was submitted into the Integrated Automated Identification System (IAFIS), where it was revealed that he had been previously convicted on two counts of 2nd degree murder in Santa Fe, N.M. and subsequently served several years in the penitentiary.
Eguino-Orduno was processed for a re-instatement of a prior order of removal and will be held at the El Paso County Detention Facility pending prosecution.
In a separate incident, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Las Cruces, N.M., Station encountered a vehicle at the Interstate 10 checkpoint and after initial questioning the agents detected and seized 25 pounds of methamphetamines, with an estimated value of $800,000, concealed inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested and continues to be processed.
These incidents demonstrate how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and their constant training prevent criminals and drugs from getting to our communities, while keeping our nation's borders safe.
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.