Tucson, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine joined forces with the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force and local law enforcement to apprehend a wanted criminal Wednesday.
The subject was wanted for conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and aggravated assault. Air and Marine assisted the U.S. Marshals Service East Valley Task Force by providing high-level air surveillance of a property in Huachuca City, Ariz., where the task force believed the suspect was residing. Air and Marine personnel kept law enforcement officers on the ground advised of activity outside the residence and of hazards that could pose a danger to task force members approaching the residence. The subject was located inside the residence and taken into custody without incident.
This joint operation serves as an example of how CBP assets, such as Air and Marine, works with other law enforcement agencies to improve the quality of life in border communities. This alliance is significantly strengthening law enforcement efforts across federal, state, tribal and local jurisdictions, and will continue to do so for years to come.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.