EAGLE PASS, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass detained a local man Thursday after discovering he was the subject of a warrant for sexual assault.
“Our frontline CBP officers regularly work with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in detecting outstanding fugitives,” said John Brandt, Acting Port Director, Eagle Pass. “This is one of the key functions of the Office of Field Operations.”
The incident occurred at 9:20 a.m. Thursday when CBP officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry encountered Fidencio Ruiz, 59, of Eagle Pass, as he arrived through the pedestrian lane. Records checks revealed that Flores was wanted by Dallas County authorities for sexual assault. CBP officers turned the subject over to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
CBP is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.