Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry during a recent four-day period apprehended three people wanted on outstanding warrants for violent offenses; two of them for homicide.
The first homicide warrant apprehension occurred on Aug. 31, 2012 at Gateway to the Americas Bridge. A CBP officer referred pedestrian Facundo Federico Yañez, a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen from Macdona, Texas for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers verified Yañez's identity and confirmed he was wanted by Bexar County Sheriff's Department on two outstanding state warrants, one for drug possession and another for homicide. After confirming the warrants were active, CBP officers turned Yañez over to the custody of Webb County sheriff's deputies for transport to a local jail pending extradition proceedings.
The other homicide apprehension occurred on Sept. 1, 2012 at the same bridge. Blanca Yadira Esquivel Rodriguez, 35, a Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico turned herself in to CBP officers at primary inspection. During secondary inspection, CBP officers verified her identity and confirmed through a national law enforcement database that she was wanted by the Zapata County Sheriff's Department since 2003 on a warrant for murder. CBP officers turned her over to Webb County sheriff's deputies for transport to a local jail pending extradition proceedings.
The most recent apprehension occurred on Sept. 3, 2012 at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge. A CBP officer referred a vehicle for secondary examination. During the exam, CBP officers discovered that passenger Javier Reyes Hernandez, 30, a Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico had a possible outstanding warrant from Cameron County Sheriff's Department for armed robbery. CBP officers verified Reyes Hernandez' identity, confirmed the warrant was active and turned him over to Webb County sheriff's deputies for transport to a local jail pending extradition proceedings.
"Our frontline officers' work in apprehending three fugitives wanted for serious, violent offenses in a four-day period underscores their firm resolve to uphold our vital border security mission and keep our communities safe," said Sidney K. Aki, Port Director, Laredo.
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.