San Diego - U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested over the weekend 24 wanted fugitives at the San Ysidro port of entry.
CBP officers encountered wanted persons with warrants ranging from parole violation to assault, to sexual offense, and dangerous drugs.
On October 1 at 5:45 a.m., Felix Cortes-Martinez attempted to enter the U.S. with a U.S. passport card that belonged to someone else. The CBP officer referred Cortes-Martinez for further inspection.
Officers confirmed through fingerprint identification that the 35-year-old male citizen of Mexico was in the United States illegally and had an outstanding no bail warrant for dangerous drugs out of Orange County, Calif.
CBP officers arrested Felix Cortes-Martinez and booked him in to San Diego County jail to await extradition to Orange County. A CBP officer placed an immigration hold on the subject to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.
On October 1 at 2:50 p.m., a 40-year-old male citizen of Guatemala also attempted to enter the U.S. with a document that did not belong to him. This time, Alejandro Ramirez used a legal permanent resident card. The officer referred him for a secondary inspection, where fingerprint verifications identified him as an illegal alien, with a no bail warrant for assault from Orange County, Calif.
A CBP officer arrested him and booked him in to San Diego County jail; Alejandro Ramirez is awaiting extradition to Orange County, Calif. A CBP officer placed an immigration hold on the subject to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.
Then, on October 3 at 1:30 p.m., a CBP officer inspecting Jesus Godinez, a 56-year-old male U.S. citizen from Bakersfield, Calif., discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
Jesus Godinez had an outstanding $300,000 bail warrant for sexual offense from Riverside County, Calif. CBP officers arrested and booked him in to San Diego County Jail to await extradition.
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.