TORNILLO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Clint, Texas station, in cooperation with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office (EPSO) and CBP's Office of Air and Marine unit (OAM), recovered a stolen weapon and arrested four persons wanted for burglary.
On January 16, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Clint, Texas station received a telephone call from a local resident stating his vehicle had been burglarized and a satchel containing a pistol was stolen by four subjects. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office also received a call in reference to the burglary.
Cooperative efforts between U.S. Border Patrol agents, EPSO and OAM quickly led to the arrest of four subjects responsible for burglarizing a vehicle and stealing a pistol that was located inside a satchel. Responding agents and deputies used their tracking skills and were able to follow footprints that led them to the weapon that was discarded in desert foliage. The four suspects were subsequently located and apprehended inside a commercial trash dumpster by the law enforcement officers. EPSO took custody of the subjects and is currently investigating the incident.
In a separate incident on January 15, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Ysleta station's traffic checkpoint located on Highway 62/180 in Desert Haven, Texas, discovered 583 bundles of marijuana that were concealed in a false compartment in the sleeper area of a 1997 tractor-trailer rig hauling an empty grain hopper. A non-intrusive search of the vehicle made by a CBP Border Patrol Canine Team produced a positive alert to the possibility of narcotics.
Overall, the total amount of marijuana seized weighed approximately 680 pounds with an estimated street value of $544,160. The contraband, vehicle and subject were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in El Paso, Texas.
These incidents demonstrate how integration, information sharing and rapid response amongst federal state and local agencies can combat crime and keep our communities and borders safe.
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.