Busy Week at El Paso: Multiple Drug Busts, Arrests, and Seizures

EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at El Paso area ports experienced a week of significant enforcement, recording 24 drug seizures and arresting 25 individuals wanted for various crimes. They also confiscated weapons, ammunition, and uncovered multiple agricultural violations. CBP El Paso Director Hector A. Mancha emphasized the dual focus on community safety and homeland security.

Key incidents included the seizure of 153 grams of fentanyl from a U.S. citizen at the Bridge of the Americas on April 11 and 22.8 pounds of methamphetamine from a Mexican citizen at the Paso Del Norte crossing on April 13. Additionally, officers seized two handguns and 3,650 rounds of ammunition throughout the week.

CBP agriculture specialists issued penalties totaling $3,375 to 17 individuals for transporting prohibited agricultural products from Mexico, including pork, eggs, and various fruits and vegetables. Public reminders were issued to declare all international purchases upon entry to avoid penalties.

All arrested subjects were handed over to federal or state authorities for further legal action.–News Desk