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Customs and Border Protection Officers Arrest Escaped Fugitive

Release Date: 
February 23, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Lukeville Port of Entry arrested a 30-year-old man on Feb. 21 wanted in the state of Washington for “escape from community custody.”

Zeferino Alaniz Balderas was a passenger in vehicle returning from Puerto Penasco, Mexico. When officers asked both occupants for identification, Balderas stated that his identification had been stolen. As a result, officers directed the driver to a secondary inspection area.

During criminal and immigration checks on both occupants, officers learned that a warrant had been issued out of Washington last year for Balderas’ arrest.

After officers confirmed the warrant, they detained Balderas until a deputy from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office arrived to take custody. The driver was released.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021