CBP Officers Apprehend Woman Crawling into the U.S.
El Paso, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Stanton Street international crossing at the El Paso port of entry stopped an unusual illegal entry attempt Friday. They intercepted a woman who was crawling north along the pedestrian walkway in her attempt to evade the inspection process and enter the U.S. illegally. The apprehension was one of 49 immigration violations stopped by CBP officers this weekend.
"The CBP inspection process at area ports of entry is thorough and extensive and some people will go to extreme measures in an attempt to circumvent the normal entry process," said Hector Mancha, El Paso port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The apprehension was made at approximately 6:20 Friday morning after a sharp-eyed border crosser alerted CBP officers working at the Stanton crossing that a female was spotted crawling northbound along the bridge sidewalk. CBP officers responded and apprehended the woman as she attempted to flee to Mexico. CBP officers queried her identity and determined that she had been previously removed from the U.S. The woman, 43-year-old Herlinda Coronado Magallanes of Juarez, was arrested by CBP officers and booked into the El Paso County Jail on illegal entry charges. She is currently detained and being held without bond.
"The motorist who alerted CBP should be commended," said Mancha. "Community members and law enforcement personnel working closely together can help maintain El Paso's ranking as one of the safest large cities in the U.S."
In addition to the sidewalk crawler, CBP officers working at ports of entry in El Paso, West Texas and New Mexico identified an additional 48 immigration violations this weekend. CBP officers stopped 24 intended immigrants, eight impostors, seven people who entered the U.S. without proper examination, six false claims to U.S. citizenship and three counterfeit or altered documents.
Area CBP officers made nine seizures of prohibited food and agricultural items this week, resulting in $1,750 in fines being assessed. Prohibited items seized this week included ham, pork rinds, lard, apples, avocados, guavas and tangerines.
CBP officers working at area ports also made three marijuana seizures, apprehended five fugitives, and identified one export violation this weekend. 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.