EAGLE PASS, TEXAS—The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry recovered two stolen vehicles recently.
"CBP conducts outbound inspection operations primarily focused on intercepting the southbound flow of weapons and ammunition, and unreported currency," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP port director, Eagle Pass. "Those checks also turn up stolen vehicles, fugitives, people in the country illegally, and other violations of federal and local laws."
Friday night, CBP officers conducting outbound inspection operations with Maverick County Sheriff's deputies, at Eagle Pass International Bridge I, selected a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser for inspection after the vehicle nearly struck a guardrail as it departed the toll booth. CBP officers determined that the vehicle was stolen; and the driver, a 52-year-old Carrizo Springs man, was taken into custody by Maverick County deputies.
Shortly after midnight, Saturday morning, CBP officers discovered a stolen vehicle parked at Camino Real International Bridge. The vehicle, a 2007 Lincoln Navigator, bearing bogus temporary Texas license plates, had been abandoned in the Passport Control parking lot. Checking law enforcement databases, CBP officers learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen in San Antonio. The case was turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff's Office.
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.