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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

Warranted Arrest Made by Border Patrol: 19-year-old Ghanaian in Custody

Release Date: 
February 8, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents serving a federal warrant apprehended a 19-year-old male  Ghanaian national at the man’s home in Phoenix, Tuesday. While in the U.S. legally, the man was found smuggling illegal aliens on January 14.

In January, Border Patrol agents conducted an immigration inspection on a Chevrolet Cavalier along State Route 80 near Douglas, discovering two male illegal aliens during their search of the vehicle’s trunk. The two male Mexican nationals, ages 22 and 40, stated they had been placed in the trunk and had no proper ventilation, water, or means of escape. Once their safety was ensured, they were taken into federal custody and processed for immigration violations before being returned to Mexico.

The driver, an 18-year-old Mexican national in the country on an employment authorization card, was taken into custody to face human smuggling charges. His passenger, a 19-year-old Ghanaian national, was initially taken into custody but not charged at the time.

Since the incident, agents collected additional evidence and secured a warrant for the arrest of the 19-year-old. He will remain in federal custody pending disposition.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

Federal and state law allow agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2018