Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville port of entry apprehended a man on an active arrest warrant in a money laundering case from Jefferson County in the Beaumont, Texas area.
On Monday, February 28, a CBP officer working pedestrian enforcement operations at Gateway International Bridge came in contact with a man identified as 24-year-old Alfonso Torres, a United States citizen who resides in Harlingen, Texas. The primary CBP officer's queries revealed an active arrest warrant for Torres from Jefferson County in Beaumont, Texas. Alfonso Torres was escorted to CBP secondary for further identification. A CBP officer's secondary checks of a national database confirmed the active arrest warrant for Torres from a money laundering case. Torres was arrested by CBP officers and subsequently turned over to the Cameron County Sherriff's Office for transportation to the Carrizales/Rucker Detention Center pending extradition to Jefferson County.
"A primary CBP officer's vigilance and use of a national database contributed to the identification of Alfonso Torres, a wanted fugitive. I commend our CBP officers for the arrest of this wanted fugitive in this alleged money laundering case," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville 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.