Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge took custody of a fugitive facing state and federal charges who was extradited to the U.S. by Mexican law enforcement authorities.
On Sept. 24, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge took custody of a fugitive facing state and federal charges who was extradited to the U.S. by Mexican law enforcement authorities.
The alleged fugitive was identified as Joseph Allen Garcia, a U.S. citizen, age 23, from Laredo, Texas. A check of a national database identified Garcia as a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Service on an alleged charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and for failure to appear on a state of Texas homicide charge. Accordingly, Garcia was listed as one of the top 15 fugitives wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Service.
After his arrest, Garcia was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service in McAllen, Texas.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director for Hidalgo-Pharr, said, "This extradition by Mexican law enforcement agencies illustrates how U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies work to apprehend and extradite U.S. fugitives who have absconded into Mexico." Mancha further said, "I commend our front line officers for their work in processing and taking custody of this fugitive."
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.