HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 30-year-old female from Cross City, Florida who was allegedly wanted on child abduction charges by the Dixie County, Florida Sheriff’s Office.
“This coordinated effort between the U.S. Marshal Service and CBP Office of Field Operations resulted in the seamless custody transfer of this person and her children to the proper authorities and to the legal custodians of the two innocent siblings,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The incident occurred on Wednesday morning, March 12, 2014 at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge pedestrian walkway. Jamie Elizabeth Beadle, a United States citizen from Florida arrived along with her two U.S. citizen female children, ages five and six, and indicated to CBP officers that she was turning herself in. A primary systems query revealed an arrest warrant on Ms. Beadle, therefore they were escorted to secondary for further examination. In secondary, and with the use of biometric verification through law-enforcement and CBP databases, Ms. Beadle’s identity was confirmed, as well as the active arrest warrant from Florida for child neglect/abduction; the children had been reported as missing/exploited.
Apparently, legal custody of the girls had been awarded to the grandparents and Ms. Beadle had allegedly taken them without authorization in November 2011, having gone missing since.
CBP-OFO arrested Ms. Beadle subsequently releasing her to the custody of deputy U.S. Marshals who in turn transported her to the Hidalgo County Jail, where she will await extradition proceedings. The two children were released to the grandparents, who arrived to take custody.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.