SAN DIEGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the six land border ports on the California-Mexico border over the busy holiday weekend apprehended 20 wanted fugitives.
All 20 subjects were wanted on local, state, or federal felony warrants and were apprehended Friday, December 30 through Monday, January 2.
Bryan Rodriguez, with a warrant for kidnapping, was detained by CBP officers after he entered the San Ysidro port from Mexico as a passenger in a red Toyota Corolla on Saturday, December 31, at about 5:30 a.m. Rodriguez presented the CBP officer with a valid U.S. passport; the CBP officer queried law enforcement databases and developed information regarding the traveler's outstanding felony warrant.
Rodriguez, age 20, was escorted by the CBP officer into the vehicle secondary inspection lot where his identity was confirmed using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and other databases. Additionally, CBP officers contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office to confirm that Rodriguez had an active warrant for kidnapping.
Rodriguez subsequently was arrested and booked into the San Diego County Jail.
Also on Saturday at about 8 p.m., Mexican authorities turn over custody of 25-year-old Giovanni Vidal to CBP officers at the San Ysidro port of entry. CBP officers fingerprinted Vidal confirming his identity and that he was wanted for attempted murder by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office on an outstanding $2 million bail warrant.
Giovanni, a citizen of Peru and Legal Permanent Resident of the United States, was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations.
The remaining 18 fugitive apprehensions made over the weekend were for outstanding criminal charges such as burglary, larceny, and dangerous drugs from law enforcement agencies nationwide.
CBP officers at the six land border ports on the California-Mexico border apprehended 2,046 individuals with outstanding felony warrants during fiscal year 2011, an increase of about 15 percent compared to the previous year.
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.