EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry apprehended an El Paso man being sought on an indecency with a child sexual contact warrant. The man was taken into custody at the Ysleta crossing Monday night.
"CBP officers performing their vital homeland security mission encounter wanted people on a daily basis," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. "It is important for the safety and security of our nation that those who attempt to escape justice are held accountable."
The apprehension was made at approximately 5:30 p.m. when 56-year-old Alfredo Ponce attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. CBP officers queried the man's entry documents and learned that he was being sought on a National Crime Information Center warrant. CBP officers confirmed the warrant information. The man was turned over to El Paso County Sheriff's Officer detectives and booked into the El Paso County jail on a $20,000 bond.
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.