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Murder Suspect Caught at Nogales Port of Entry

Release Date: 
January 18, 2011

Nogales, Ariz. - A man wanted on homicide charges in Oklahoma is now in custody, thanks to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales port of entry.

"This is why we are here, screening the thousands of people who cross every day," said Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "Our mission of keeping our country safe depends on our ability to find individuals like this and take action."

At 11:30 am today, CBP officers screening people applying for admission into the country at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales encountered 24-year-old Charlie Noriega trying to cross through the port. When he couldn't provide any identification, the officers asked for his name and other information which the officers ran through their systems.

The information came back that he was a wanted on charges of first-degree murder in Oklahoma, so he was immediately taken into custody. Once his identity was confirmed, he was turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office for further processing.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021