El Paso, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry apprehended a Colorado man wanted on sexual assault charges. The arrest was one of five fugitives CBP officers apprehended Thursday.
“Homeland security is our primary mission however every time a CBP officer apprehends a wanted person that helps make our community and our nation a safer place to live,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. “This is an important part of the overall CBP mission.”
The apprehension was made at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the Ysleta international crossing when 46-year-old Guadalupe Mendoza arrived from Mexico as a passenger in a vehicle. Mendoza presented his Legal Permanent Resident card to the CBP officer at the primary inspection station. The CBP officer queried the individual and received a National Crime Information Center alert that Mendoza was wanted in Colorado. CBP officers took custody of Mendoza and then confirmed that a warrant had been issued December 24, 2013 by the Thornton police Department seeking Mendoza on a charge of sexual assault. The suspect was turned over to the El Paso Police Department and booked into the El Paso County Jail for further processing.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.