It was a busy weekend for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers across the area, as there were a total of 16 arrests made throughout the El Paso, West Texas and southern New Mexico regions.
“CBP is committed to helping find and arrest these 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 are members of the communities we serve and have a professional and personal interest in stopping any and all violations.”
Ysleta and Paso Del Norte ports of entry started off the weekend Friday, May 8, with two arrests of wanted subjects for the crimes of marijuana smuggling and assault on a family member.
Saturday, May 9, area ports were even busier with seven wanted fugitives apprehended at Paso Del Norte, two at the Bridge of the Americas, and one arrest each at Ysleta, Presidio, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
On Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10, CBP officers ended the weekend with 2 fugitive arrests at Paso Del Norte and Ysleta ports of entry. Arrests made during the weekend involved crimes ranging from first-degree murder, alien smuggling, fraud, dangerous drugs, parole violations, assault charges, and military desertion.
At the Stanton southbound bridge in downtown El Paso, $52,000 of unreported currency was seized from a driver headed southbound to Mexico. The currency was found by a CBP currency detector dog that swept the vehicle resulting in a positive alert in the back seats of the 2002 Honda Civic.
“It is not illegal to transport currency; however, currency over $10,000 must be reported,” CBP officials added.
The driver and unreported currency were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.