PROGRESO, Texas – Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry arrested a 17-year-old citizen of the United States returning from Mexico Friday morning in connection with discovery of a loaded firearm and controlled prescription medication during a routine examination.
"Working on the border has its intrinsic dangers," said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. "I commend the CBP officers for exhibiting great vigilance by intercepting this weapon and keeping it off the streets of our community."
The apprehension occurred on Friday morning, June 23 after CBP officers at Progreso International Bridge referred a 17-year-old male U.S. citizen arriving from Mexico as a pedestrian to secondary inspection. During a secondary examination, CBP officers discovered under his clothing a loaded firearm, a .380 AMT Backup, and 12 bottles of undeclared Alprazolam (a generic version of Xanax, a controlled prescription medication).
CBP officers arrested the young man and turned him to Weslaco Police Department officers for further investigation on state charges.
Charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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.