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South Texas and Georgia collaboration nets Federal criminal

Release Date: 
May 13, 2016

EDINBURG, Texas- A cooperative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Enforcement Removal Operations (ICE/ERO) officers assigned to the South Texas Corridor and Atlanta Fugitive Operations resulted in the apprehension of a Federal Interest Case subject with ties to the Rio Grande Valley. 

Pedro Ibarra-Cervantes was arrested in Canton, Georgia after it had been determined he was a financial facilitator for an illicit network in the United States. Ibarra has been linked to a substantial amount of suspected money laundering. He is designated as a Federal Interest case and is currently at a detention facility awaiting an immigration court proceeding.

“Collaborative efforts such as this reinforce that Border Security is a team sport,” said South Texas Corridor Commander Manuel Padilla Jr. “Thanks to the hard work of these agents and officers within the Department of Homeland Security(DHS), this criminal is no longer in our communities.” 

The South Texas Corridor is part of the Joint Task Force-West, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. Please visit to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection.

To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021