El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Border Patrol agents performing outbound inspections at the El Paso port of entry seized two loaded handguns Wednesday. A Nevada man was arrested in connection with the smuggling attempt.
"CBP officers and Border Patrol agents perform outbound inspections regularly at all exit points in El Paso to stop the southbound flow of guns, ammunition, unreported currency and other export violations," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. "Every gun, every bullet, and every dollar we seize that is being smuggled south is important because it makes it harder for criminal groups to conduct their illicit business."
The seizure was made at the Paso Del Norte pedestrian area just before 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. CBP personnel were conducting inspections when they selected a man for an intensive inspection. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents noted that the subject was acting suspicious and evasive during routine questioning and was unwilling to remove his hands from his jacket pockets. As a CBP officer was preparing to initiate a physical exam of the man he told officers that he was holding a gun. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents immediately took control of the subject. They continued their exam and recovered loaded .40 Taurus and .38 Taurus handguns. CBP also discovered that the man was carrying 86 rounds of ammunition.
CBP officers took custody of the subject, 37-year-old Jose Luis Arroyo of North Las Vegas, Nevada. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents to face federal charges.
For more information on CBP please tune in to AM radio 530 (Ysleta/Zaragosa area) or AM Radio 1620 (Bridge of the Americas/Paso Del Norte area). These low power radio stations continuously broadcast CBP related border crossing information in English and Spanish.
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.