El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working late at the El Paso port of entry on the evening of February 28, took custody of a man being sought on an outstanding FBI murder warrant and an active Bernalillo County Sherriff's Office homicide warrant. The man was also being sought by Socorro (Texas) police on aggravated assault charges while media outlets in Mexico reported that the person was also wanted in connection with a killing in Chihuahua.
The apprehension of 30-year-old Alejandro Ibarra Moreno occurred just before midnight, when he entered the Ysleta port of entry while driving a 2007 Ford F150 pick-up truck. The man presented CBP officers with a New Mexico birth certificate and driver license in another person's name. CBP officers queried the information and learned that law enforcement had an interest in the man named in the documents presented. CBP officers continued their inspection and were able to determine that the documents did not belong to the man. They were then able to determine that the man they had in custody was the person named in several active warrants.
"CBP officers worked long and hard to determine this person's true identify and the many hours pursuing this case were certainly worth the effort," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. "Fugitive apprehensions made by CBP officers play a significant role in keeping our community and our nation safe and secure."
The suspect was turned over to the Socorro Police Department and booked into the El Paso County Jail where he is currently detained. CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry made two additional fugitive apprehensions on February 28, as well.
The CBP officer 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 laws, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
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.