LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry detained a male subject traveling in a commercial bus who attempted to make entry into the United States. Utilizing CBP databases, CBP officers discovered that he had an outstanding state warrant for sexual assault-continuous sexual abuse, victim under 14.
“Our CBP officers are committed to the CBP mission and one of their responsibilities is to identify fugitives at our ports of entry and returning them to face justice for the crimes they have committed,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “When we encounter persons wanted by other law enforcement agencies, we verify the warrant and then carry out the appropriate law enforcement action.”
The fugitive apprehension occurred on Friday, Feb. 1 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred Martin Gerardo Perez Garcia, a 41-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 outstanding felony state warrant for sexual assault-continuous sexual abuse, victim under 14 out of Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
CBP officers confirmed the identity of the subject, verified the warrant and transported the fugitive to Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas to await criminal proceedings.
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.