SAN DIEGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry took two U.S. citizen men into custody Thursday after they were turned over to CBP officers by Mexican officials.
On May. 18, at about 2:40 p.m., 19-year-old Luis Matus-Dominguez and 21-year-old Abraham Manuel Torres-Leal both U.S. citizen, were escorted on foot to the San Ysidro Port of Entry Pedestrian West Crossing by Mexican authorities. CBP officers working in the Pedestrian facility took custody of both men and escorted them into a secure area for further processing.
A CBP officer conducted a query to get biometric information on the men via the “Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System” (IAFIS). The information revealed they were wanted for homicide by San Diego County Sheriff's Office, which carried a bail set at $2 million each.
“Working with Mexican law enforcement counterparts is essential at times and these apprehensions demonstrate a mutual goal to keep the communities safe,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “This partnership resulted in the capture of men who will soon face justice for the alleged crimes they committed.”
After the warrant was confirmed, CBP turned over both men to San Diego Police Department for further processing.
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.