CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry apprehended a fugitive on Saturday with a felony warrant for homicide and robbery.
“CBP officers remain ever vigilant in intercepting those travelers that need further scrutiny,” said Calexico Port Director Billy Whitford. “Our efforts, in coordination with state and local law enforcement agencies, are part of the ongoing effort to keep communities safe.”
On Sept. 5, at about 8 p.m., Carlos Ivan Flores, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Turlock, arrived at the downtown port of entry to cross into the U.S. on foot. When he arrived for inspection, he presented a CBP officer with a U.S. passport card. The officer queried Flores’ information in law enforcement databases and was alerted to an active felony warrant.
CBP officers escorted Flores to a secure location for further investigation.
CBP officers conducted a ten-print query utilizing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, confirming Flores’ identity, and that he was wanted on murder and robbery charges by the Turlock Police Department.
Flores was taken into custody and turned over to officers with the Calexico Police Department. He was later booked into the Imperial County Jail to await extradition.
In addition to this apprehension, CBP officers at ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial counties over the weekend also captured 20 fugitives wanted for crimes such as assault, burglary, and larceny, among others.
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.