HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 56-year-old male Mexican citizen from Crane, Texas who had an outstanding warrant for indecency with a child.
“Working with other law enforcement agencies, CBP is able to apprehend people who violate the law and are pending criminal proceedings for their alleged actions,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The apprehension occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Hidalgo International Bridge. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred Jose Maria Peña Ontiveros, a 56-year-old Mexican citizen, for a secondary examination. After being escorted to secondary, subsequent biometric verification through law enforcement databases confirmed that the subject had an active warrant for indecency with a child out of Crane County Sheriff’s Office.
CBP officers confirmed the identity and citizenship of Peña Ontiveros, verified the warrant and turned him over to the Hidalgo Police Department for adjudication of the warrant.
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion.
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.