CBP Officers Have a Busy Weekend

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 9:20pm

EL PASO-- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were kept busy over the weekend.

CBP officers working at the Ysleta International crossing seized 29.70 pounds of cocaine Sunday morning, worth an estimated $950,400. Officers found 29 cocaine filled bundles in the floor of the cab of a 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 that entered the port from Mexico.

Roberto Gonzalez Estrada, of Chihuahua, Mex., was turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations agents to face federal drug smuggling charges. He was booked into the El Paso County jail where he is being held without bond.

CBP officers also seized 183.43 pounds of marijuana with an approximate value of $146,744.

Officers also recorded 37 immigration violations at area ports this weekend, including 24 intended immigrants, nine "impostors" and two alien smugglers.

Intended immigrants will use a legally issued border-crossing card, or laser visa, to live or work in the U.S., which is not authorized. Violators generally lose their documents, can be prosecuted and go to jail and or are returned to Mexico.

Impostors generally will use a legitimate entry document assigned to another person and present it as their own. Impostors and alien smugglers are prosecuted and go to jail.

CBP officers also recorded two cases of people making false claims to U.S. citizenship, people attempting to enter with counterfeit or altered documents, and stopping those who previously entered the country illegally. Most of these people will be prosecuted and go to jail.

CBP officers working at area ports made a total of five fugitive apprehensions during the three day period.  

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