EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers saw an influx of arrests for wanted fugitives over this past weekend with a total of 10 arrests made throughout the El Paso, West Texas and southern New Mexico regions.
“CBP is committed to finding and arresting wanted persons attempting to evade justice. Our officers ensure that they are turned over to the proper authorities to be held accountable for their crimes.” CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “We live in the communities we serve and do all we can to keep them safe and secure.”
CBP officers at the Paso Del Norte port of entry started off the weekend Friday, May 15, with one arrest of a wanted subject for the crime of theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Saturday, May 16, area ports were even busier with one wanted fugitive apprehended at Paso Del Norte, one at the Bridge of the Americas, two arrests at Ysleta, and one at Santa Teresa.
On Sunday, May 17, CBP officers ended the weekend with two fugitive arrests at Ysleta port of entry, one arrest at the Bridge of the Americas, and one arrest at Presidio port of entry. Arrests made during the weekend involved crimes ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance, hit and run, and neglect of a child.
Additionally, a large drug seizure was made at the Bridge of the Americas on Saturday, with over 126 pounds of marijuana seized from a 52-year-old U.S. citizen. The marijuana was found in a 2003 Ford Explorer when a CBP drug sniffing dog swept the vehicle resulting to a positive alert for narcotics. The subject was turned over the Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.