PROGRESO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers at the Progreso Port of Entry arrested a man returning from Mexico Saturday morning after learning he had an outstanding warrant for a sexual offense against a child – child fondling out of the Pharr Police Department.
“CBP works hand in hand with other law enforcement agencies to aggressively target illegal activity and take wanted criminals off our streets," said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “I commend the vigilant efforts of our officers in apprehending individuals with criminal records as it makes for a more secure nation and a safer community.”
The apprehension occurred on Saturday, June 17, 2017 after CBP officers at Progreso Port of Entry referred a 36-year-old male U.S. citizen arriving from Mexico to secondary inspection to confirm his identity and citizenship.
During the examination, CBP officers consulted law enforcement databases and conducted a fingerprint check which verified his identity as Iram Ignacio Gomez, a man wanted in the City of Pharr on an outstanding state arrest warrant for child fondling.
CBP officers turned Gomez over to Pharr Police Department officers pending criminal proceedings. Charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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.