PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 30-year-old woman from Rochelle, Illinois after discovering she was allegedly attempting to smuggle a 37-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
“While performing our daily duties, our officers check the identity of everyone seeking to enter the United States, which is how most human smuggling cases are detected,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Phar/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Jan. 1, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a man and woman arriving from Mexico in a vehicle. The woman from Illinois presented a U.S. passport for herself and a State of Texas issued birth certificate for the man accompanying her. Not being able to provide a photo identification card, the travelers were referred to secondary to confirm the immigration status of the adult male arriving from Reynosa. After further inspection, officers discovered that the U.S. birth certificate did not belong to the man and further confirmed that he was a legal permanent resident who had previously been deported.
CBP OFO arrested both travelers and both will appear before a U.S. federal magistrate for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law. The woman faces alien smuggling charges and the man faces charges of re-entry after prior deportation.
Officers also detected seven persons wanted on arrest warrants over the weekend. These warrants ranged from larceny, missing persons, traffic violations, credit card fraud to homicide.
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.