NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 30-year-old Tucson man featured in Tucson's Most Wanted, was arrested as he tried to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales earlier today.
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port arrested Carlos Ulises Martinez, who is wanted in connection with a 2007 murder in Pima County. Officers conducted a routine records check which revealed an active arrest warrant out of Pima County. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department confirmed the warrant and took custody of Martinez.
Earlier in the day, a Mexican national was arrested by officers inspecting passengers arriving at the Mariposa Port aboard a tourist bus. Jose Garnica-Melgoza, 32, who lives in Bothell, Washington State, was taken into custody after officers confirmed his identity as a suspect wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant out of that state on Possession of dangerous drugs. Local authorities confirmed the warrant and he was also turned over to Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies.
In fiscal year 2012, CBP officers at Arizona ports arrested 401 people wanted for crimes such as murder, rape, assault, robbery and other criminal activity. More than 6,000 individuals were identified as inadmissible due to national security, insufficient or fraudulent documents, and other relevant concerns.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.