TUCSON, Ariz. — A Phoenix man wanted on drug-related charges was apprehended Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Lukeville.
Officers referred Ricardo Benavides Cristerna, 37, for additional questioning when he attempted to enter the United States through a vehicle lane. During a routine records check, officers learned he was wanted by Maricopa County on an outstanding arrest warrant for drug possession crimes. After confirming the active warrant, officers turned Cristerna over to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
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.