Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge took custody of an alleged fugitive returned to the U.S. by Mexican law enforcement authorities.
On Jan. 1, Mexican law enforcement authorities turned over to CBP officers a man wanted by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office on a charge of capital murder. The fugitive was identified as Santiago De Leon, a U.S. citizen, 20, from El Paso. A check of a national crime database identified De Leon as a fugitive wanted by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office on an alleged state charge of capital murder. After his arrest, De Leon was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service. De Leon remains incarcerated pending extradition to El Paso.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "I commend our frontline officers for coordinating and processing the return of this fugitive to U.S. custody." Mancha further said, "I also commend the Mexican government and the U.S. Marshal's Service for their roles in returning this fugitive to U.S. custody."
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.