EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol officers and border protection and customs officers in the El Paso area have just experienced what seemed to be one of their busiest and most memorable weeks ever. last time.
Over the past week, a border officer gained notoriety by carrying a dehydrated migrant – found in the southern New Mexico desert near Deming – on his back to safety; the migrant was unable to walk after being overwhelmed by the heat.
A photo released by the border patrol showed the woman on the back of an officer, who allegedly carried her 300 meters to receive medical treatment. It was just the latest in a series of migrant rescues in the desert this summer.
Meanwhile, many of this officer’s colleagues have been involved in other major efforts in recent days to break down human trafficking efforts, seize illegal drugs entering the country, and capture nearly two dozen of them. fugitives.
The border patrol’s increasingly aggressive efforts to tackle human smugglers were noticeable by several hiding-place raids that revealed 134 hidden migrants and nearly $ 600,000 in methamphetamine. The hideout raids took place over a 48-hour period in the communities of Vado and Chaparral in southern New Mexico, as well as San Elizario, Texas.
Elsewhere, at entry points to the El Paso region, CBP agents reported the arrest of 23 wanted fugitives for a variety of crimes ranging from smuggling and assault to terrorist threats. Officers also seized more than 180 pounds of illicit drugs, including cocaine and fentanyl.
The activity took place during a week that also saw the Juarez cartels cross the border with a threatening message aimed at U.S. agents disrupting their human and drug trafficking operations. The sign found hanging on a pedestrian bridge near the Rio Grande warned: “Bullets can also cross the river and the wall (border)”.
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