El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry stopped a fugitive who was considered to be armed and dangerous. Law enforcement officials in Chicago, Illinois were looking for the offender for an outstanding warrant for bank robbery. She was unarmed at the time of the CBP apprehension and arrested without incident.
"Our officers did an outstanding job in intercepting and confirming the identity of this criminal. This is another good example of our officers' vigilance and attention to detail," said Barry Miller, CBP El Paso Assistant Port Director.
The fugitive apprehension was made yesterday at approximately 1:35 p.m. when a 30-year-old entered the Paso Del Norte international crossing from Mexico. CBP officers performed a query on the individual and found that there was a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant from the FBI for the resident of Chicago, Illinois. CBP officers turned the individual over to the US Marshalls Service who booked her into the El Paso County Jail.
CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
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.