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CBP Officers Apprehend Fugitive Wanted By The FBI At The Southern Texas Port Of Entry

Release Date: 
December 30, 2011

Brownsville, Texas--U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge apprehended a male wanted on outstanding warrants from the FBI.

On December 21, CBP officers came in contact with a man as he arrived at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge for inspection. At CBP primary, a law enforcement database query alerted officers of a possible match on outstanding arrest warrants for 52-year-old Francisco Morales, a U.S. citizen from Brownsville, Texas.

Morales was escorted to secondary for further inspection and verification of the outstanding warrants. In secondary, CBP officers verified Francisco Morales' identity and confirmed that he was the subject of active arrest warrants from the FBI. Warrants for Morales included stem cell fraud. CBP officers arrested Morales and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the FBI.

"Primary CBP officers' use of a CBP database identified Morales as the subject of active arrest warrants. We work closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to arrest wanted fugitives and bring them to face pending charges in the U.S.," said Port Director Michael Freeman.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021