DEL RIO, TEXAS—With the hunting season upon us, the Border Patrol is encouraging local residents to safeguard personal firearms, hunting gear and vehicles.
In a recent incident, a vehicle approached the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 57 in Eagle Pass and turned around before approaching the primary inspection area. The vehicle was pursued into Eagle Pass by Border Patrol and the Eagle Pass Police Department and subsequently arrested an undocumented Mexican juvenile. The vehicle he was driving was recently reported stolen from a local ranch. Two stolen hunting rifles and a handgun were also recovered from the vehicle. The subject was charged with evading arrest and possession of stolen property by the Eagle Pass Police Department.
In addition, two hunting camps in the local area were burglarized and vandalized. Hunting rifles and other property were stolen from the camps.
Subjects who enter the United States illegally have been known to use any means necessary to further their illicit activity. Law enforcement officials remind local residents to safeguard firearms and ensure they are not left unattended, and not to leave keys in their vehicles.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of 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.