Tecate, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Tecate port of entry recently apprehended a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen wanted in Georgia, for molestation of a minor.
On Thursday, June 7, the man entered the Tecate port of entry as a pedestrian and presented a U.S. naturalization certificate to a CBP officer. The officer suspected the man was not the legal owner of the document and referred him for further inspection.
During a more in-depth inspection, officers used his fingerprints to positively identify him as Gabriel Santillan-Gonzalez. A search of law enforcement databases also revealed a no-bail felony warrant for his arrest for child molestation.
After confirming the warrant with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office in Canton, Georgia, officers transported Santillan to the San Diego County jail pending extradition.
CBP officers determined that Santillan was an illegal alien with no legal documents to enter the U.S. He attempted to use someone else's legitimate naturalization certificate to illegally enter the United States and evade capture.
"CBP protects the American public and our local community when we enforce the law at our nation's borders," said Chris Maston, Director of Field Operations in San Diego. "Because of the vigilance of a CBP officer spotting this imposter, a fugitive wanted on child molestation charges is now behind bars."
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.