San Diego — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the six land ports of entry along the California/Mexico border over the weekend apprehended 22 wanted subjects, including a man wanted for homicide, the second suspect captured by CBP in connection with a New Years’ Eve murder case.
Two enforcement actions are highlighted below:
On Sunday, Jan. 19, shortly after 2 a.m., a CBP officer at the Calexico downtown port of entry encountered Juan Morales Companioni, a 42-year-old Cuban citizen, after he arrived at the port of entry in a vehicle. The officer checked Morales’ name against law enforcement databases and was alerted to a warrant for larceny, wanted by the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office.
Morales was escorted to a secure area where officers conducted a ten-print query utilizing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint System (IAFIS), confirming his identity as well as the active felony warrant.
Morales, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was turned over to the custody of the Calexico Police Department and later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await extradition.
Later the same day, at about 9:10 a.m., Francisco Orozco Jr., a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, entered the San Ysidro port of entry as a pedestrian. A CBP officer queried Orozco’s information and was alerted to an active homicide warrant. Orozco was escorted to a secure location for further investigation.
CBP officers ran his fingerprints through the IAFIS confirming Orozco’s identity and that he was wanted for murder by the Chino Police Department. According to a news release from the City of Chino, he was wanted in connection with a New Years’ Eve shooting that left one man dead and another seriously wounded.
Orozco, a resident of Los Angeles, was taken into custody and later turned over to officers with the Chino Police Department for further processing.
This incident follows last week’s apprehension at the San Ysidro port of entry by CBP officers of David Colomo, a 19-year-old homicide suspect who was also wanted in connection with the New Years’ Eve murder investigation.
CBP officers also seized about 500 pounds of narcotics over the weekend, including $713,000 worth of cocaine, $152,000 worth of marijuana, and more than $2.2 million worth of methamphetamine in various smuggling attempts.
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.