PROGRESO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Progreso port of entry encountered a man with an active arrest warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service for probation violation stemming from an alien smuggling case.
On Wednesday, April 17, a CBP officer working enforcement operations at the Progreso International Bridge came in contact with a man identified as 20-year-old Pedro Perez, a United States citizen who resides in Donna, Texas. The primary CBP officer's queries revealed an active arrest warrant for Perez from the U.S. Marshals Service in McAllen, Texas. Pedro Perez was escorted to CBP secondary for further examination and further identification. A CBP officer's secondary checks of a national database confirmed the active arrest warrant for Pedro Perez from the U.S. Marshals Service for probation violation stemming from an original charge of alien smuggling. Perez was arrested by CBP officers and subsequently turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service for transportation to the Cameron Country jail.
"Our CBP officer's vigilance and use of a national database at primary greatly contributed to the identification of Pedro Perez as a wanted fugitive. I commend our CBP officers for the arrest of this fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for a probation violation stemming from an alien smuggling case," said Carlos Rodriguez, port director, Progreso/Donna port of entry.
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.