Eagle Pass, Texas— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass deployed a tire deflation device on a vehicle fleeing the United States early Tuesday morning.
“Our officers, working in concert with law enforcement partners throughout the area, were able to safely subdue a carload of fleeing suspects,” said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP port director, Eagle Pass.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, CBP officers at Camino Real International Bridge were advised of a vehicle approaching the bridge at a high rate of speed, resulting from an attempted traffic stop by the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office. CBP Officers deployed devices that flattened the tires on the speeding vehicle, a 2006 Scion, which still managed to drive to the Mexico side of the International Bridge. Following coordination with CBP officers, Mexican officials returned the vehicle and occupants to the halfway point of the bridge, where CBP officers took custody.
The driver, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen, faces a federal charge of alien smuggling, while four passengers, all citizens of El Salvador, two men and two women ranging in age from 20 to 32, face charges of illegal entry into the United States.
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.