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US border agents hold 14 Mexican soldiers in El Paso. briefly fixed

© Reuters. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are escorting Mexican soldiers arrested after crossing the border and entering the United States at the Cordova of the Americas International Border Bridge in El Paso, Texas, September 25, 2021. REUTERS / Stringer


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Fourteen Mexican soldiers were arrested by U.S. border agents for several hours early Saturday morning after getting from Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, Texas, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said.

“Just after midnight today, CBP officials working on the bridge at the Americas International Crossing in El Paso discovered that two Mexican military vehicles were crossing the border and entering the United States,” the CBP told Reuters in an email sent Explanation with.

The 14 Mexican soldiers said they did not realize they had entered the United States and that US border agents had secured their weapons and equipment for “security and processing purposes,” the CBP said, adding that the Mexican military leadership had contacted and arrived at the port shortly afterwards.

Thirteen of the 14 Mexican soldiers were treated without incident, but one soldier was sentenced to a civilian sentence after CBP officials discovered a lot of marijuana in his possession for personal use.

All 14 soldiers, their equipment and vehicles were returned to Mexico before 5 a.m., the CBP said.

The Mexican Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Because of the incident, the border crossing was closed for around two hours, said a witness to the events.

“The CBP (agents) yelled at the soldiers to immediately raise their hands and drop their weapons,” said the witness, who refused to be named.

The CBP agents searched the vehicles and then escorted the soldiers who appeared to be handcuffed, according to witnesses and photos of the situation Reuters saw.

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