More than a dozen Mexican border guards were arrested for several hours in El Paso, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported. It added that this was due to the accidental crossing of the Mexico-US border on Saturday morning.
“Soon after midnight, CBP officers working at the border crossing in El Paso noticed two vehicles of the Mexican border guards, which, after leaving Ciudad Juarez on the Mexican side of the border, crossed the latter and found themselves on American territory,” Reuters Customs and Border Protection Agency informed ( CBP).
After a few hours, the officers returned to Mexico
A group of 14 detained Mexican officials said they “had no idea they were in the US”. All were disarmed “for security reasons until the matter was resolved,” writes Reuters. The headquarters of the Mexican border guard were also notified immediately.
After several hours of arrest in El Paso, all fourteen returned to Mexico. “The investigation into the incident went smoothly. Only one Mexican was fined for possessing a small amount of marijuana for private use,” reports the Reuters news agency.
From January to August this year, 900 thousand. people have attempted to illegally cross the southern border of the United States, according to data from the Customs and Border Protection Office. This is the highest number since 2006, emphasizes CBP.
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