Eagle Pass, Texas —Federal authorities at the Eagle Pass port of entry apprehended three subjects after they fought with officers attempting to perform inspections, Sunday afternoon.
“Our Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team provides a unique inspection environment that includes both U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the port of entry and U.S. Border Patrol agents,” said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass.
A-TCET was conducting outbound inspection operations at Eagle Pass International Bridge I around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when a group of four male subjects arrived, bound for Mexico in the pedestrian walkway. Upon approaching the inspection area, the subjects began scuffling with A-TCET officers.
Three of the subjects were subdued while one managed to scale a fence and abscond to Mexico. One of the three detained subjects, a 25-year-old citizen of Mexico with an extensive criminal history, faces felony prosecution of reentry after deportation – 8 USC 1326. Another of the subjects, a 26-year-old citizen of Mexico, was processed according to CBP guidelines and returned to Mexico. The third subject was processed as a juvenile, per CBP policy.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
Working together, Office of Field Operations and U.S. Border Patrol are integral to the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.