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Fugitive Wanted in Roswell Double Fatality Apprehended by CBP

Release Date: 
August 16, 2012

El Paso, Texas - CBP officers working at the El Paso of entry today apprehended a man wanted in connection with a fatal accident which claimed two lives in Roswell earlier this month. CBP officers took custody of 22-year-old Joel Cordoba Lopez this morning. He was a passenger in a vehicle that entered the U.S. from Mexico at the Paso Del Norte international crossing in El Paso.

"The thorough and intensive inspections and document reviews performed by CBP officers resulted in the apprehension of this wanted person," said Hector Mancha, El Paso Port Director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "CBP officers in El Paso and other locations routinely apprehend fugitives as they attempt to enter the U.S. from foreign locations."

This latest apprehension was made at approximately 11:00 a.m. when Joel Cordoba Lopez applied for entry by presenting his U.S. passport to a CBP officer at the primary inspection booth. A CBP officer queried his document and noted that he was wanted in New Mexico. CBP officers immediately took custody of the subject and confirmed the warrant information linking him to an August 5 vehicular accident which left a mother and her son dead. After confirming the warrant CBP officers turned him over to the El Paso Police Department.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017