Stolen police gear found during roundup of NM illegals

A .22-caliber rifle, six helmets, ski masks, expandable batons and six tactical gear belts were found at the home

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times

EL PASO — A police gear cache was found by federal agents at an East Side home during a round-up of deportable immigrants with criminal records last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Tuesday.

ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said agents seized a .22-caliber rifle plus police gear, including six helmets, ski masks, expandable batons and six tactical gear belts at a home in the 3500 block of Oasis Drive. Aron Adrian Leyva Pena, 27, was arrested at the home accused of possession of fraudulent documents.

Leyva was one of 22 people, including 19 facing deportation, arrested in the four-day operation by the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats. All those arrested were from Mexico, except for a person from Honduras.

Zamarripa said an investigation is underway to determine if the police gear was headed to Mexico.

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