Laredo, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry apprehended several wanted persons in separate enforcement actions at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge.
“Our CBP officers are the first line of defense,” said Acting Port Director Joseph Misenhelter, Laredo Port of Entry. “Their vigilance and commitment to safeguarding our nation resulted in the apprehension of these individuals with outstanding warrants.”
Four persons with outstanding warrants were intercepted this past weekend as they attempted to make entry as pedestrians at the international crossing.
The most notable apprehension occurred on Friday, Oct. 17th when Salvador Sandoval, a 64-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Austin, Texas, applied for admission and subsequent queries by CBP officers revealed that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for alleged sexual assault of a minor. CBP officers apprehended Sandoval and turned him over to Webb County Sheriff’s Department pending extradition to Austin, Texas.
The remaining three individuals with outstanding warrants were detained by CBP officers and turned over to the proper law enforcement agencies.
CBP’s Laredo Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.