San Diego, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing outbound operations at the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday caught a fugitive with an active homicide warrant attempting to head south to Mexico, with ten rounds of handgun ammunition in his luggage.
On May 17, at about 5:30 p.m, CBP officers performing inspections at the San Ysidro port of entry along Interstate 5 southbound stopped a commercial bus bound for Mexico.
CBP officers asked a man, later identified as Gilberto Valdovinos Medina, Jr., for identification, but he stated he did not have any. CBP officers inspected his luggage and found six .38 rounds of ammunition and four 9mm rounds.
Using fingerprint identification, CBP officers confirmed the man's identity, and found an active warrant for homicide, issued at the request of the Grant County Sheriff's Office in Washington State, and set with $1 million bail.
According to the Grant County Sheriff, the suspect, who also goes by the aliases "Diablo" and "Pedro," is suspected of a deadly drive-by shooting that took place in Moses Lake, Washington, in April of this year.
CBP officers took the 22-year-old U.S. citizen, and resident of Moses Lake, Washington, into custody to await extradition to Washington State.
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.