El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and border patrol agents working at the El Paso port of entry took custody of a man wanted by Lakewood, Colo., police on murder charges. The apprehension was made Tuesday morning at the southbound Stanton Street international crossing.
CBP officers and Border Patrol agents were performing an outbound inspection operation when a Mexico-bound commercial bus arrived at the crossing point. CBP personnel boarded the bus and initiated an inspection of bus passenger and their belongings. They encountered a male subject who claimed to be a U.S. citizen but had no formal documentation to support his claim.
CBP officers utilized their Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) to check the identity of the individual. The query revealed that the person they were checking was 28-year-old Edward Gerald Graham of El Paso, Texas. The query also indicated that Graham had outstanding warrants in Lakewood, Colo., for charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. CBP officers arrested Graham and turned him over to the El Paso police department. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail where he is currently detained.
"Our outbound examinations routinely identify people who are wanted by law enforcement," said William Molaski, U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso port director. "Our ability to locate and remove wanted fugitives from the streets of our community helps make El Paso and our nation a safer place to live."
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.