Border Patrol Agents Recover Stolen Vehicle, Seize Drugs in N.M.
Las Cruces, New Mexico - Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico made several controlled substance seizures valued more than $230,000 in marijuana during the early morning hours, and recovered a stolen vehicle from the United States Border Patrol Traffic Checkpoint near Las Cruces.
Yesterday, Agents assigned to the Las Cruces checkpoints encountered a vehicle attempting to speed past an agent in an effort to avoid inspection. Once the vehicle came to a stop, 33-year old Ramon Rojas-Guerrero from Mexico readily admitted to being in the country illegally. After further investigation, it was discovered that Rojas Guerrero had been previously deported, and the white Chevy Equinox he was driving had been reported stolen out of Port Arthur, Texas. The vehicle was turned over to New Mexico State Police, and Rojas-Guerrero will be pending prosecution for his illegal re-entry into the country.
Today, at approximately 2 a.m., Deming Border Patrol Agents located the footprints of several suspected illegal immigrants north of Interstate 10. As the Agents followed the tracks, they heard voices from afar, and saw five individuals run out from the desert brush. Agents did a search of the immediate area and located four burlap-wrapped backpacks where the individuals were hiding. When Agents approached them, the smugglers admitted to being Nationals of Mexico, and claimed to have illegally entered the U.S. with bundles of marijuana.
39-year old Mexican Citizen Jorge Alonso Beltran-Castro, and 39-year old Carlos Anaya-Vila, also of Mexico, both had previous immigration violations and criminal histories involving drug-related violations. 36-year old Gustavo Beltran-Felix’s record revealed he was also a Mexican Citizen with multiple immigration violations. 38-year old Juan Luis Sandoval-Valdez, of Mexico, had no prior criminal history, but had been voluntarily returned to Mexico on several occasions. The collective weight of the four backpacks was 205 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $164,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration in Las Cruces took custody of the individuals and controlled substance.
The previous morning, Deming Border Patrol Agents encountered two subjects in possession of two makeshift burlap backpacks a few miles north of New Mexico State Road 9.
Both subjects were first spotted by an Agent utilizing night vision technology, who later identified 30-year old Marcos Torres Perez, of Mexico, and a 16-year old companion. The total weight of the two backpacks they were carrying was 88.6 lbs. of marijuana, valued at nearly $80,000. The marijuana and adult subject were both turned over to the DEA in Las Cruces for prosecution.
“The southern New Mexico corridor continues to present challenges for the men and women of the El Paso Sector, but fortunately the agents have been making a significant difference in deterring illicit activity in those areas,” Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey D. Self said.
These incidents demonstrate how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the ability to rapidly respond to remote areas is combating the furtherance of illicit drugs and wanted criminals into our community, 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.