LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry this week apprehended a local woman and Secure Electronic Network for Travelers’ Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) participant who was wanted on an outstanding three-count federal bank fraud warrant. Her SENTRI privileges were revoked as a result.
“Our officers apprehended a fugitive wanted for alleged bank fraud who also was enrolled in the SENTRI program,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “The SENTRI trusted traveler program has strict requirements for membership and those who have pending criminal charges face immediate loss of their SENTRI privileges.”
The fugitive apprehension occurred on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred pedestrian Anaiza Morales, 35, a U.S. citizen from Laredo, Texas for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers verified Morales’ identity, citizenship and after consulting national law enforcement databases confirmed she was wanted on an outstanding three-count federal bench warrant from the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas alleging conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and theft, embezzlement by a bank employee.
After confirming the warrant was active, CBP officers turned Morales over to deputy U.S. Marshals for transport to Webb County jail for adjudication of the warrant. CBP officers also took possession of her SENTRI ID card.
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.