EL PASO, TEXAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry apprehended a man wanted on murder, kidnapping and tampering of evidence charges in Chaves County, New Mexico. The arrest was one of seven fugitive apprehensions made by CBP officers working at El Paso area ports this weekend.
“Every day CBP officers performing their vital homeland security mission identify and apprehend wanted people,” said Hector Mancha, CBP Director of Field Operations in El Paso. “A dangerous person is behind bars and the community is safer because of the thorough inspections performed by CBP officers at area ports.”
The apprehension of 31-year-old Matthew Sifuentes occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing in El Paso. Sifuentes entered the U.S. from Mexico as a pedestrian and presented a college identification card to the CBP officer working at the primary inspection station. CBP officers queried the individual and received notice that he was wanted on an active murder warrant out of New Mexico. CBP officers took Sifuentes into custody without incident and then confirmed the warrant. He was turned over to the El Paso police department and booked into the El Paso county jail. Sifuentes is a U.S. citizen and a resident of Albuquerque.
The arrest of Sifuentes was one of seven fugitive apprehensions made by area CBP officers this weekend. Charges in some of the other cases included unlawful sexual contact, trafficking of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated battery and driving under the influence.
CBP officers working at El Paso area ports made 12 drug seizures this weekend. The activity included 922 pounds of marijuana in nine seizures, 12 pounds of cocaine in a pair of busts, and a small quantity of opiates in one additional seizure.
CBP agriculture specialists assessed $1,125 in penalties associated with five attempts to smuggle prohibited agricultural items at area ports. Items seized in those cases include chorizo, pork, pork lard, apples and plums. Numerous other prohibited agricultural items were abandoned without consequence at area ports when travelers declared the goods to CBP officers.
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.