EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at El Paso area ports of entry apprehended seven wanted people this weekend including a California man being sought on rape and assault charges.
"CBP officers regularly encounter and identify wanted people during the course of their homeland security mission," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. "Every violent and dangerous person we take into custody helps make our community and our nation a safer place to live."
The most significant weekend apprehension occurred late Saturday afternoon at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing at the El Paso port of entry. CBP officers were performing inspections in the pedestrian processing area when 28-year-old Armando Romero presented a California driver license and a California birth certificate to the CBP officer for inspection. The CBP officer queried the non-WHTI compliant documents and discovered that Romero was wanted by authorities in California.
CBP officers took custody of the traveler and then confirmed the warrant information seeking Romero on charges of rape of an unconscious victim and assault with intent was active. The information was verified. Romero was turned over to the El Paso Police Department and booked into the El Paso County Jail. He is being held without bond pending extradition.
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.