EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents performing southbound inspections at the Stanton Street international crossing recovered a stolen recreational vehicle late Monday afternoon.
The brand new $145,000 vehicle with only 140 miles recorded on the odometer had been reported stolen in El Paso earlier in the day.
The recovery was made at about 4:35 p.m. while CBP officers and Border Patrol agents were conducting an outbound operation at the downtown crossing point. At that point a black and silver recreational vehicle matching the description of a stolen vehicle arrived in the southbound lanes heading for Mexico. CBP personnel initiated a discussion with the driver of the RV and noted that he seemed nervous and evasive and did not possess any ownership documents for the vehicle.
CBP officers took the driver into custody and then confirmed that the vehicle they had stopped was stolen. The El Paso Police Department was contacted and arrived to take custody of the driver of the stolen vehicle. The 18-year-old El Paso man was booked into the El Paso County Jail on vehicle theft charges. The 2014 Ford E450 Phoenix Cruiser recreational vehicle was turned over to a relative of the theft victim.
“The primary focus of our southbound inspections is to stop the flow of smuggled guns, ammunition and money,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “The work CBP does at times uncover other violations as was the case, Monday.”
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.