Nogales, Ariz. - Two men wanted on outstanding arrest warrants were apprehended Friday by Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Officers first referred Richard Lee Shook, 52, of Caldwell, Idaho, for additional questioning when he attempted to enter the United States through the pedestrian area. During a routine records check, officers discovered Shook was wanted on weapons charges.
Later that day, officers referred Francisco Valenzuela-Cecena, 25, of Nogales, Ariz., for additional questioning. A routine records check revealed he was wanted in Arizona for alien smuggling.
Shook and Valenzuela were both arrested and turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department without further incident.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.