Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at Gateway International Bridge apprehended a male wanted on outstanding warrant from Brownsville, Texas for escape from a halfway house.
On December 7, CBP officers came in contact with a male pedestrian as he arrived at Gateway International Bridge for inspection. At CBP primary inspection, a law enforcement database query alerted officers of a possible match on outstanding arrest warrant for 45-year-old Milko Villarreal, a U.S. citizen from Brownsville, Texas.
Villarreal was referred to secondary inspection for further inspection and verification of the outstanding arrest warrant. In secondary, CBP officers verified Villarreal's identity and confirmed that he was the subject of active arrest warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service.
The active arrest warrant for Villarreal stems from an original charge of possession of marijuana and for escape from a halfway house in Brownsville, Texas. The warrant was issued on December 4, by the U.S. Marshals Service headquarters in Arlington, Va. CBP officers arrested Villarreal and subsequently turned him over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Milko Villarreal was transported to the Carrizales-Rucker County Jail where he remains incarcerated pending appearance before a judge.
"The use of a CBP database at primary inspection assisted officers in identifying Milko Villarreal as the subject of active arrest warrant. This wanted fugitive will face his pending charges of escape from a halfway house. This is a good arrest by CBP officers an example of CBP protecting our communities and country in a continued effort to secure our nation's borders," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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.