BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry detained a fugitive at the Gateway International Bridge who had an outstanding warrant out of Dallas, Texas, for homicide.
“Our officers remain vigilant in keeping our borders secure and apprehending wanted persons with outstanding warrants is an important part of our mission,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their dedication and vigilance as we continue to keep our communities safe.”
The fugitive apprehension occurred Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Gateway International Bridge, when CBP officers encountered Antonia Gabriela de la Fuente, a 44-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, as she attempted entry into the United States. The traveler was referred to CBP secondary, when a query revealed she appeared to have an active warrant. Once the traveler was in the secondary inspection area, subsequent biometric queries confirmed she had an outstanding warrant for homicide out of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
CBP officers confirmed the warrant to be active. CBP turned de la Fuente over to the custody of Cameron County Sheriff’s Office to await transfer to the originating agency of the warrant.
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion. Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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 securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.