Narcotics, Arrests, Rescues Keep Border Patrol Agents Busy Over Weekend
EL PASO, TEXAS—El Paso Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents were kept busy over the weekend seizing narcotics, rescuing migrants and arresting wanted subjects. The total value of the narcotic seizures amounts to more than $384,400.
The first seizure occurred Friday, when U.S. Border Patrol agents and the horse patrol assigned to the Lordsburg, N.M., Border Patrol station arrested four subjects and seized four burlap backpacks containing marijuana. The contraband has a total weight of 184 pounds and a street value of approximately $147,200.
On the same date at approximately 5 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Las Cruces, N.M. Border Patrol station and working at the I-10 west checkpoint encountered a 1978 Honda with two occupants. Upon interviewing the subjects, it was discovered that both juveniles were reported missing from Wilson County, Texas. A subsequent search of the vehicle and records revealed a large sum of currency and drug paraphernalia. The juveniles were turned over to the New Mexico State Police.
Hours later, at the same checkpoint, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered a 2007 Ford Expedition occupied by a male driver, one male passenger, one adult female and four children. A non-intrusive search by a canine team produced a positive alert for narcotics. A subsequent search of the Ford revealed 103 bundles containing a green leafy substance. The contraband had been concealed within the vehicle's dashboard and had a total weight of 106 pounds valued at $84,800. The subjects and children were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration in Las Cruces, N.M.
On April 13, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Deming Border Patrol station rescued a dehydrated undocumented alien. Border Patrol agents working in the desert discovered 64-year-old Inocente Torres from Mexico. Upon arrest, the subject complained of severe stomach pains. The subject was immediately transported to Mimbres Memorial Hospital where he was treated for dehydration.
On that same day, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 185 checkpoint, responded to a single motorcycle accident on the same highway at mile marker 21. The area is known as "dead man's curve." Border Patrol EMT and other agents assessed the motorcyclist and rendered aid by immobilizing him on a medical backboard until local first responders and New Mexico State Police responded.
On Sunday, at approximately 2 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback followed footprints to an area three miles south of New Mexico state road 9. Border Patrol agents encountered two subjects hiding in the brush. The subjects were found to be in possession of two burlap bundles containing marijuana. The subjects and contraband were transported to the Deming station. Record checks revealed that both subjects were actually juveniles. The 95 pounds of confiscated contraband had an approximate street value of $76,000. The two juveniles and the contraband were turned over to special agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.
Early this morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, arrested a subject who entered the United States illegally about 15 miles east of the Fabens port of entry. The male subject, later identified as 37-year-old Hector Valdez was found to have a prior arrest for sexual assault of a victim under 16/substantial harm from Las Vegas, Nevada. The subject was processed for a reinstatement of a prior order of removal and transported to the El Paso County Sheriff's Detention Facility.
The U.S. Border Patrol in the El Paso sector has seized more than 50,000 lbs. marijuana this fiscal year. These seizures are exemplary of the Border Patrol's commitment to keep our borders and communities safe and free of narcotics and criminal activity through an alliance to combat transnational threats and while working and integrating with other law enforcement agencies and the community.
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.