Regional
4:24 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Border Patrol Seizes Drugs And Arrests Fugitive

Las Cruces – The U.S. Border Patrol seized over 1800 pounds of marijuana over the weekend.

There were a total of six different seizures along with one significant arrest.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Las Cruces, NM I-10 Checkpoint made that arrest.

During primary inspection, the 19-year old subject identified himself as a United States Citizen. Further questioning and records checks revealed that he had an extensive criminal history including the following violations: 8 Counts of Deadly Conduct/Discharging a Firearm; Evading Arrest; Felony Criminal Mischief, Marijuana Possession and Felony Tampering with Evidence. Records show he is currently wanted by the Grant County Sheriff's Office on Assault charges. The subject was placed under arrest and turned over to the New Mexico State Police pending a warrant.

One of the most significant seizures took place on February 12, 2010, with agents assigned to the Deming, NM Station. Agents spotted nine subjects walking in the desert and carrying what appeared to be large backpacks. The agents responded to the area and detained all subjects.

All subjects were determined to have entered the United States illegally and were in possession of over 363 pounds of marijuana. The contraband and subjects turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents for prosecutions.