HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a Florida man wanted by the Orange County, Florida Sheriff's Office on charges of sexual assault involving a child.
CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered 40-year-old Ramon Cedano attempting to enter the U.S. as a pedestrian on April 4. Cedano, a Mexican national and lawful permanent resident (LPR) from Apopka, Florida presented his LPR card as identification and an initial primary systems query indicated that he was a possible match to a warrant from Florida. Officers secured him, escorted him to secondary for further verification and it was there that the active warrant was confirmed through the use of biometric checks utilizing law enforcement and CBP databases. The incident allegedly occurred in 2011 and Cedano is charged with four counts of sexual assault/lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12, a second-degree felony.
CBP arrested Cedano and released him to the custody of the Hidalgo Police Department who subsequently transported him to the Hidalgo County Jail where he will await extradition back to Florida.
"This is the second alleged child molester we have identified and arrested attempting to enter the U.S. at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in the last 48 hours," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Thanks to our ability to examine everyone attempting to enter the U.S., these predators will proceed through the legal system and face the consequences of their alleged actions."
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.