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Thursday, September 06, 2012

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Arrests Murder Suspect and Wanted Interpol Trafficker



Salton City, Calif. – Two individuals were arrested this weekend with warrants. One individual had a $10 million warrant for murder and the second individual had a warrant issued by Interpol for Italian law enforcement authorities.

The first arrest occurred on Friday at 9:30 p.m. at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Salton City. Border Patrol agents performed record checks on an individual during a secondary inspection. The record checks revealed an outstanding $10 million warrant out of Los Angeles for murder. The individual is a 19-year-old United States citizen. He was turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for extradition to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.

In a separate incident on Saturday evening, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a Romanian national with an outstanding Interpol warrant for narcotic trafficking.

The Romanian national was arrested with a group of eight Romanians who attempted to illegally enter the United States. Record checks revealed that the suspect, a 31-year-old male, is wanted by Italian authorities on suspicion of drug trafficking. Through coordinated efforts, Border Patrol agents and Washington D.C. Interpol authorities confirmed the warrant of the wanted suspect.

The Border Patrol turned over custody of the suspect to Immigrations & Customs Enforcement for extradition proceedings to Italian authorities.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested 1,167 individuals with outstanding warrants since October 2011.

The El Centro Border Patrol’s “See Something, Say Something” Campaign is a simple and effective program to increase the safety and welfare of the Imperial Valley by bringing public awareness to the indicators of crime and other threats. The community plays a key role keeping our country safe by identifying and reporting suspicious or criminal activity. We encourage Imperial Valley residents to report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.

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.

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