Progreso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Progreso International Bridge took custody of a Mexican national extradited to the U.S. by Mexican authorities.
On August 9, 2010, CBP officers working at the Progreso International Bridge took custody of a Mexican national extradited to the U.S. by Mexican authorities. The man was identified as Luis Vera Villagomez, a Mexican citizen, age 41, from Cortazar, Guanajuato, Mexico. A check of a CBP database revealed Vera Villagomez as the subject of an outstanding criminal arrest warrant. The warrant indicated that Vera Villagomez as wanted by the Mercedes, Texas Police Department on a state charge of sexual assault. After his arrest, Vera Villagomez was transferred to the custody of the Mercedes Police Department.
Nancy Becker, CBP Port Director, Progreso said, "This was an excellent coordinated effort by the Mercedes Police Department, CBP and the Government of Mexico that resulted in the extradition and apprehension of this fugitive."
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.