Fugitives keep CBP officers busy during Mother’s Day weekend

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers saw an increase in arrests for wanted fugitives during the Mother’s Day weekend, with 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 said in a statement. “We are members of the communities we serve and have a professional and personal interest in stopping any and all violations.”

On May 8, officers at the Ysleta and Paso Del Norte ports of entry in El Paso arrested two subjects wanted subjects for smuggling marijuana smuggling and assault on a family member.

The following day, officers at area ports made arrested seven wanted fugitive at Paso Del Norte, two at the Bridge of the Americas, and one arrest each at Ysleta, Presidio, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

CBP officers ended Mother’s Day Sunday with two fugitive arrests at Paso Del Norte and Ysleta ports of entry.

According to CBP officers, the arrest made during the weekend involved crimes ranging from first-degree murder, alien smuggling, fraud, dangerous drugs, parole violations, assault charges, and military desertion.

A currency seizure was also made at the Stanton Street Bridge in Downtown El Paso, with over $52,000 of unreported currency going southbound to Mexico. While it is not illegal to transport currency, any amount over $10,000 must be reported. The subject and unreported currency were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution, a release said.

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