RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS—CBP officers at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry, which includes the Los Ebanos Ferry crossing, have detained over 100 wanted fugitives on local warrants from the Sullivan City, Roma, La Joya and Rio Grande City Police Departments in the past four months. Working closely with the local police departments, CBP officers have intercepted these wanted fugitives on outstanding arrest warrants stemming from traffic violations.
The local Police Departments have had these arrest warrants on their books for several months and requested assistance from CBP. CBP officers at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry, which includes the Los Ebanos Ferry crossing, arrested the locally wanted fugitives as they applied for entry into the U.S. and subsequently turned them over to the custody of the local Police Departments. All subjects were transported to the city jails and have faced their pending charges.
"This has meant a great deal to us at the Sullivan City Police Department. Each person CBP has arrested owes the city anywhere from $600 to $900. On average each wanted person has paid $750 or about $75,000 total. That's a lot of money for us in Sullivan City," said Chief of Police Jose Anaya, Sullivan City Police Department.
"CBP officers will continue to prevent wanted fugitives from entering or leaving our country. At any given point we will assist our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in apprehending fugitives in an effort to prevent further violations of law in our country or in a foreign country," said Acting Port Director Sylvia Gutierrez, Rio Grande City 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.