HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo port of entry apprehended a man on a warrant for rape from Louisiana.
On March 2, CBP officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge escorted Rolando Vargas, 26, a United States citizen and resident of Houston, Texas for a secondary examination after a primary check revealed a possible active arrest warrant. Vargas arrived at the port of entry as a pedestrian, a CBP officer's checks of a national database identified Rolando Vargas as the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant from the Kenner Police Department in Kenner, La. Pending charges against Vargas are in a case involving rape. CBP officers arrested Vargas and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the Hidalgo Police Department. Rolando Vargas was transported to the city jail pending extradition to Kenner, La.
"This wanted fugitive has been arrested thanks to the great work being done by CBP officers working primary at the Hidalgo port of entry. The use of a CBP database on primary by Hidalgo's CBP officers was instrumental in the apprehension of this alleged rapist. This is another good example of the important work being done by CBP at the border," said Efrain Solis, port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry.
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.