EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Ysleta international crossing at the El Paso port of entry arrested a murder suspect Tuesday night. The wanted man had been a fugitive since 2007.
“Vigilant CBP officers are working hard every day in an effort to keep our communities and out nation safe by making sure that all people and all goods that enter the U.S. from abroad do not pose a risk,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director.
The apprehension was made just before 8 p.m. when 29-year-old Rogelio Reyes entered the border inspection station as a pedestrian. CBP officers performed a query on the subject and received a positive match for an NCIC warrant for first degree murder charges. CBP officers took the subject into custody and confirmed the warrant using a fingerprint scan. The warrant had been issued by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas after a 2007 shooting. Reyes is a U.S. citizen who was residing in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to the El Paso Police Department.
The arrest was one of two fugitive arrests made by CBP officers in El Paso yesterday. They also recorded 10 drug seizures during a very busy day.
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.