CBP Weekend Enforcement Activity Tops 100 Incidents
El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at ports of entry in El Paso, West Texas, and New Mexico identified and stopped more than 100 violations during the past weekend. CBP officers seized drugs, identified immigration violations, apprehended fugitives and confiscated prohibited agriculture items between Friday and Sunday.
One of the more interesting seizures occurred Friday afternoon at the Bridge of the Americas when CBP officers discovered 132 pounds of marijuana concealed in the floorboards of a trailer. CBP personnel were examining vehicles that were waiting to approach the primary inspection station when CBP drug sniffing dog "Lady" alerted to a 1989 Nissan pickup that was towing a small trailer. CBP officers continued their exam and located 118 marijuana-filled bundles concealed in the flooring of the trailer.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the truck, 30-year-old Omar Nahum Delgado of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and booked into the El Paso County jail where he is currently detained. Area CBP officers made a total of eight drug seizures during the weekend seizing 702 pounds of marijuana in the process.
During the previous three days, area CBP officers uncovered 69 immigration violations. Intended immigrants made up the largest group of violators. A total of 29 were identified through thorough document exams. In these cases, individuals will use a legally issued border-crossing card (laser visa) to live or work in the U.S., which is not authorized. Violators generally lose their documents and are returned to Mexico. The balance of the violators included imposters, those making false claims to U.S. citizenship, people attempting to enter with counterfeit or altered documents, visa overstay violations and people who had entered the country without inspection.
Area CBP officers made 12 seizures of prohibited food and agricultural items this weekend, resulting in $2,850 in fines being assessed. Prohibited items seized this week included pork, chorizo, bologna, apples, avocados, mangoes, pears, nance, potatoes, sugar cane and live plants.
CBP officers this weekend also identified nine people who were being sought by various law enforcement agencies, recorded five export violations and seized smuggled medications. 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.