PROGRESO, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso International Bridge this weekend arrested a 52-year-old man from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on state charges for aggravated assault.
“We work closely with other partners, including those from state/local law enforcement agencies as well as from other federal entities in the effort to seek out those individuals that are fugitives of the law,” said Acting Port Director David J. Gonzalez, Progreso Port of Entry.
On Oct. 18, CBP officers working at the Progreso International Bridge encountered Leodegario Reyes Bermudez, a citizen and national of Mexico at the pedestrian walkway. Reyes Bermudez advised the officers that he had no valid documents to legally enter or reside in the United States but that he was turning himself in as he knew he was wanted on an arrest warrant from Harlingen, Texas. Officers immediately secured him and verified his identity through the use of biometric verification through law enforcement and CBP databases. CBP determined that the male traveler was an exact match to an outstanding arrest warrant from the Harlingen, Texas Police Department for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.
CBP Field Operations arrested Reyes Bermudez and subsequently released him to the custody of U.S. Marshals deputies and Harlingen police officers, who were on site waiting for him.
CBP’s Progreso Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.