EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry apprehended a 56-year-old El Paso man who was being sought by the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) on indecency with a child/sexual contact charges. The subject, 56-year-old Jose Mata, is currently detained at the El Paso County jail.
The apprehension was made just before 4:00 a.m. today when Mata drove a car from Mexico to the U.S. and made entry at the Paso Del Norte crossing. CBP officers queried the man and learned that was being sought on an outstanding warrant. CBP officers contacted the EPPD and confirmed that the person in custody was the same person being sought. Mata was turned over to the EPPD and booked into the El Paso county jail.
"CBP officers at the El Paso port of entry identify and stop wanted people on a daily basis," said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. "Bringing these people to justice helps keep our community and our nation safe."
CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry made two additional fugitive apprehensions Monday. They also seized 539 pounds of marijuana and 2.3 pounds of heroin in three drug seizures. In addition they recorded nine immigrations violations during the course of the day.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission routinely results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.