Bethany Blankley (The Center Square).
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers in El Paso Sector in New Mexico and West Texas have arrested at most 34 suspected fugitives. They are wanted for charges like aggravated sex assault on a kid, second degree murder and sexual exploitation. Kidnapping and indecency towards a young child.
“Homeland security is our primary mission and every time a CBP officer identifies and arrests someone who is being sought by law enforcement, that makes our communities a little safer,” Hector Mancha, El Paso Director of Field Operations, said in a statement. “The vast majority of travelers CBP officers encounter pose no risk, but it is important that we identity and stop those who do.”
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Both men and women were arrested by agents, U.S. citizens as well as lawful permanent residents and illegal immigrants. The suspects were sought by authorities in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. CBP says that after the suspects had been processed by border agents they were handed over to state and federal authorities.
A 21-year old male, lawful permanent resident and male was one of the people arrested at the Bridge of the Americas crossing. After performing a background check, agents discovered a warrant was out for his arrest from the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office in Texas on a charge of aggravated assault of a child.
Another was at the El Paso Paso del Norte (PDN) Port of Entry, where agents apprehended a 38-year-old American citizen who was wanted on a second degree murder charge by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.
A background check also revealed that a Las Cruces Police Department warrant had been issued for a Las Cruces resident, aged 19, in New Mexico. This was for the sexual exploitation and abuse of minors.
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After she had stopped by the PDN to inspect her belongings, a female 26-year-old U.S. citizen was also taken into custody. A background check revealed she had an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina for kidnapping of a child.
A 44-year-old male and lawful permanent resident was stopped at the Presidio-Ojinago International Bridge after it was discovered that he had an active warrant issued by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office in Odessa, Texas, for sexual offense against a child.
At the Ysleta-Zaragoza International Bridge, agents arrested a 36-year-old Mexican citizen with an outstanding warrant issued by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office in California for six counts of lewd acts upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.
The 28 other outstanding warrants discovered were for individuals who’d committed vehicle theft, sexual assault, money laundering, robbery, dangerous drugs, and international sports doping and conspiracy.
The El Paso Border Patrol Sector dates back to 1904, when a small group of men first patrolled the Texas-Mexico border on horseback “to curb the flow of illegal Chinese aliens,” according to CBP historical data.
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This region is famous for its many brutal battles. “Newspaper files indicate that not one 24-hour period passed in the month of February 1927 without a report of gun fighting along the border,” with agents building “a reputation of winning most of the gun battles.”
Today, gunfire can be heard by warring factions among the Sinaloa Cartel that are fighting over operational control of the border south of El Paso in Ciudad Juárez, the most populous city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Sinaloa controls operations at the Southern Border from El Paso west to California and the trafficking of opioids and narcotics into America through this area.
El Paso Sector consists of eleven stations located in New Mexico, and two Texas counties. Alamogordo is located in Albuquerque. Las Cruces. Lordsburg. Santa Teresa. Truth or Consequences. Texas. El Paso. Fabens. Fort Hancock. Ysleta.
The El Paso Sector is home to approximately 2,400 agents. It patrols 268 miles of the international border, which covers 125,000.
The Center Square permission granted this syndicated version.