Port Huron, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Blue Water Bridge arrested 10 travelers on various charges over the weekend including an aggravated felon who was previously imprisoned and deported for heroin distribution.
On April 1, at approximately 7:30 p.m. a 34-year-old Mexican citizen, Delfino Gomez-Rangel, was refused entry to Canada and returned to the United States. CBP officers conducted an inspection to determine his status and discovered that he was an illegal alien with a lengthy criminal history in the United States. The subject is considered an aggravated felon for his multiple drug convictions and a previous deportation from the United States for heroin distribution.
Delfino Gomez-Rangel was arrested by CBP officers and arraigned in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan. Gomez-Rangel was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
"CBP officers encounter a wide range of people every day at the border," said Port Director David Dusellier. "Today these officers took someone with a long criminal history off of our streets making all of us safer."
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 results in significant 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.