Fourteen Mexican troopers had been detained early Saturday morning for a number of hours by US border brokers after they crossed into El Paso, Texas, from Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, the US Customs and Border Safety (CBP)mentioned.
“Simply after midnight right this moment CBP officers working on the Bridge of the America’s worldwide crossing in El Paso famous two Mexican army autos crossing the boundary and coming into the US,” the CBP instructed Reuters in an emailed assertion.
The 14 Mexican troopers mentioned they didn’t notice that they had entered america and US border brokers secured their weapons and gear for “security and processing,” mentioned the CBP, including that Mexican army management was contacted and arrived on the port shortly thereafter.
13 of the 14 Mexican troopers had been processed with out incident, however one soldier was assessed a civil penalty after CBP officers found a private use quantity of marijuana in his possession.
All 14 troopers, their gear and autos had been returned to Mexico earlier than 5 a.m, mentioned the CBP.Mexico’s Protection Ministry didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
As a result of incident, the border crossing was closed for about two hours, a witness to the occasions mentioned.”The CBP (brokers) yelled on the troopers to place their arms up and drop their weapons instantly,” mentioned the witness, who
requested to not be named.
The CBP brokers searched the autos after which escorted away the troopers, which seemed to be handcuffed, in response to the witness and photographs of the scenario that Reuters noticed.