San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the San Ysidro port of entry stopped a fugitive wanted on a no-bail felony warrant Friday attempting to use someone else's legitimate border crossing card to illegally enter the United States and evade capture.
At about 3 p.m., Cristian Conception Montes Gonzalez arrived at the border crossing on foot, and presented the CBP officer with a legitimate border crossing card. The officer immediately recognized Gonzalez as an imposter, attempting to use a document that did not belong to him.
After confirming the 28-year-old male resident of Guadalajara, and Mexican citizen's identity by fingerprint, CBP officers querying law enforcement databases discovered the no-bail felony warrant for a dangerous drugs-related offense, issued at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department.
CBP officers arrested the fugitive, who is currently being held at the San Diego County Jail. After the criminal proceedings are completed, he will be removed from the country.
"CBP officers won't be deceived by an imposter trying to use someone else's legal document to illegally enter the United States." said Pete Flores, acting director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. "By catching criminal illegal aliens at the border, we keep these dangerous people off of our streets, and make our communities safer."
CBP officers at the ports of entry along the California/ Mexico border stopped more than 200 illegal immigration attempts this weekend, including numerous other imposters to legitimate documents as well as persons hiding in vehicles, persons with altered travel documents, and other attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.
CBP officers also caught a fugitive wanted for a parole violation, with a no-bail warrant issued at the request of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The 28-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of Reno, Nev., attempted to enter the U.S. with no identification or travel documents, based on an oral declaration. When the CBP officer queried his name, law enforcement databases revealed the warrant. CBP officers used fingerprints to confirm the man's identity, Chaz Brandon Feilen, before arresting him. He is currently being held at San Diego County Jail.
In total, CBP officers caught 14 fugitives this past weekend along the California/Mexico border.
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.