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UPDATE: Mariposa Port of Entry reopens to southbound traffic after gates rammed by driver

Trucks entering Mariposa Port
Posted at 8:28 PM, Dec 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-30 07:40:19-05

UPDATE 12/30 — Southbound traffic through the Mariposa Port of entry has reopened as of about 2:30 P.M.


Nogales police say traffic is backed up at both ports of entry in the city.

A spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection said CBP officers at the Nogales Mariposa Port of Entry were conducting southbound inspections when a vehicle failed to stop.  

The vehicle accelerated towards Mexico attempting to evade inspection.

As officers made an effort to close the southbound gates, the vehicle rammed the gates making entry into Mexico.

The driver and vehicle were eventually apprehended by Mexican authorities.

Southbound lanes at the Mariposa crossing are closed and will remain closed due to the damage caused to the gates. 

No injuries were reported and the incident is under investigation.