Las Cruces, N.M.- El Paso Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents in New Mexico seized approximately 110 pounds of marijuana valued at $88,000, and apprehended two undocumented Honduran nationals.
On December 9, while conducting operations at the U.S. Highway 25 checkpoint, agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Las Cruces Station in New Mexico arrested 22-year-old U.S. citizen Ivon Ramos, after a working canine alerted to the 1999 Ford Explorer she was driving. Further investigation revealed four fabricated metal containers inside the gas tank holding a total 110 pounds of marijuana. The narcotics and subject were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Later that evening, Border Patrol agents conducting operations at the U.S. Highway 25 checkpoint encountered two subjects on a commercial bus line without any immigration documents. The subjects, who were identified as Honduran nationals, were held in U.S. Border Patrol custody pending determination from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
These incidents demonstrate how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol agents both at the international border and the traffic immigration checkpoints is continuing to have effective results in keeping criminals out of our communities, while securing America's borders and improving quality of life.
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.