SAN DIEGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the six land ports of entry along the California/Mexico border over the weekend apprehended 17 wanted fugitives.
Three enforcement actions are highlighted below:
On Friday, Dec. 6, at approximately 11 a.m., a CBP officer at the San Ysidro port of entry encountered Juan Carlos Antelo, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Chula Vista, Calif., after he arrived at the port as a pedestrian. Antelo gave the inspecting officer a false name and was subsequently referred to a secure area for further investigation.
Officers ran Antelo’s fingerprints through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint System (IAFIS), confirming his true identity as well he was wanted by the San Diego Sheriff’s Office on active felony warrants for dangerous drugs and robbery.
Antelo was transported to the San Diego County Jail to await arraignment.
Later on Friday, at about 11:30 p.m., Carlo Alejandro Presichi, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen, arrived at the Calexico downtown port of entry in a vehicle. A CBP officer checked Presichi’s name against law enforcement databases and was alerted that he was wanted by the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant for conspiracy, with bail set at $500,000.
Presichi was escorted to a secure location where officers ran his fingerprints through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint System (IAFIS), confirming his identity as well as the active warrant.
Presichi was later booked into the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
The third incident occurred shortly before midnight on Saturday, Dec. 7, when CBP officers working at the Otay Mesa port of entry pedestrian area escorted 31-year-old Ignacio Morales for additional inspection, after being alerted to an active warrant.
During the inspection, officers confirmed Morales’ identity and that he was wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department on a felony warrant for burglary.
Morales, a Mexican citizen and resident of Panorama City, Calif., was placed into the custody of deputies with the San Diego County Sherriff’s Department and later transported to the San Diego County Jail to await extradition.
CBP officers placed an immigration hold on Morales to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.
The remaining 14 subjects were wanted for charges ranging from probation violations to dangerous drugs and larceny.
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.