CALEXICO, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico West port of entry apprehended a male traveler, wanted for lewd acts with a minor.
On Mar. 23, at about 3 a.m., 37-year-old Felix Barraza a U.S citizen, applied for entry into the United States and was referred for further inspection. A CBP officer conducted a query to get biometric information via the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS). The information revealed that he was wanted by San Diego County Sheriffs for lewd acts with a minor with a bail set at $2 million.
“Working with our state and local law enforcement partners in detecting fugitives is an important aspect of CBP keeping our communities safe,” Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “This partnership resulted in the capture of a man wanted for an alleged atrocious act against an innocent child.”
After the warrant was confirmed, CBP turned Barraza over to Calexico Police and he was booked into the Imperial County Jail.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.