MEXICO CITY, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Fourteen Mexican troopers have been detained early Saturday morning for a number of hours by U.S. border brokers after they crossed into El Paso, Texas, from Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, the U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP)mentioned.
“Simply after midnight at present CBP officers working on the Bridge of the America’s worldwide crossing in El Paso famous two Mexican navy autos crossing the boundary and getting into the U.S.,” the CBP advised Reuters in an emailed assertion.
The 14 Mexican troopers mentioned they didn’t understand they’d entered america and U.S. border brokers secured their weapons and tools for “security and processing,” mentioned the CBP, including that Mexican navy management was contacted and arrived on the port shortly thereafter.
13 of the 14 Mexican troopers have 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 tools and autos have 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 state of affairs that Reuters noticed.
Reporting by Tomas Bravo, Lizbeth Diaz and Anthony Esposito; Enhancing by Dan Grebler
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