CALEXICO, Calif., — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Wednesday detained a Brawley man after determining the vehicle he was driving into Mexico had been reported stolen moments earlier.
The incident occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Mar. 12, when officers with the Brawley Police Department contacted the Calexico port of entry to request assistance in intercepting a 2014 Cadillac ATS that had been reported stolen. The sedan, which had been left running in a parking lot as the owner was inside a local business, was reported to be traveling southbound on Dogwood road.
CBP officers responded and conducted southbound inspections of vehicles and travelers headed to Mexico through the Calexico downtown port.
Officers located the Cadillac, apprehended the 20-year-old driver, and escorted him to a secure location for further investigation. The vehicle’s information was run through law enforcement databases, confirming that it had been reported stolen in Brawley, Calif., approximately 30 minutes earlier.
The driver, a U.S. citizen, was detained by CBP and turned over to the custody of the Brawley Police Department. He was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to be arraigned on auto theft charges.
The vehicle was released to the registered owner.
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.