Reuters Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents escort captured Mexican soldiers detained after crossing the border into the United States, at the U.S. International Border Bridge in Cোrdoba, Texas, El Paso, USA, September 25, 2021. Router / stringer
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. border agents detained fourteen Mexican soldiers for several hours early Saturday after they entered El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said.
“CBP officers working on the bridge at the American International Crossing in El Paso just after midnight today noticed two Mexican military vehicles crossing the border into the United States,” the CBP told Reuters in an emailed statement.
1 Mexican Mexican soldiers said they did not realize they had entered the United States and that U.S. border agents had secured their weapons and equipment for their safety and processing, the CBP said, contacting the Mexican military leadership and arriving at the port shortly thereafter.
1 of Mexican Mexican soldiers was processed without incident, but one soldier was assessed as a civilian after CBP officials discovered a quantity of cannabis for personal use in his possession.
According to the CBP, 14 soldiers, their equipment and vehicles were returned to Mexico before 5 p.m.
The Mexican Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Due to the incident, the border crossing was closed for about two hours, eyewitnesses said.
Asked not to be named, the witness said, “The CBP (agents) shouted at the soldiers to raise their hands and drop their weapons immediately.”
CBP agents searched the vehicle and later took away the soldiers, who were seen handcuffed, according to eyewitnesses and Reuters.
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