San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border stopped 11 fugitives with outstanding warrants Monday, including two warrants for sex crimes involving children.
A fugitive identified as Leonard Schweitzer, a 37-year-old male resident of Yuma, Ariz., entered the United States at around 12:30 p.m., at the pedestrian entrance of the Andrade port of entry. A CBP officer performed a query revealing the man had a no-bail federal felony warrant for child pornography issued by the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania. The man was held and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
A fugitive identified as Gabriel Ayala Camacho, a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen, and resident of Tepic, Mexico, requested entry into the United States at around 3 p.m., at the pedestrian entrance of the Otay Mesa port of entry.
Officers determined the man to be an imposter to the birth certificate and passport application receipt he provided and used the man's fingerprints to confirm his identity. Records revealed the man had an outstanding warrant for sex exploitation with a child issued by Snohomish County Sheriffs' Office in Washington State. CBP turned the man over to San Diego Sheriffs' Office.
Pete Flores, San Diego CBP assistant director for trade said, "Yesterday's arrests of these two men and several other fugitives represents CBP's commitment in making our communities safer."
There were other warrant arrests including nine at the San Ysidro port of entry for larceny, stolen property, dangerous drugs, and probation violations.
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.