TUCSON, Ariz. — Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Lukeville arrested a male U.S. citizen for a felony warrant when he attempted to return to the U.S. from Puerto Penasco, Sonoita, Mexico.
Cesar Lira-Gonzalez, 50, was arrested after a routine records check revealed the warrant for his arrest out of Delaware County, Oklahoma, for “bail jumping” on a $30,000 bond for a felony sexual battery charge.
Lira-Gonzales was turned over to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. OFO officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.