U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry detained one male wanted on a felony warrant for intoxication manslaughter.
“The apprehension of wanted individuals at the border involves CBP’s critical assistance to our law enforcement partners, to detain those with outstanding warrants,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Law enforcement databases help aid our law enforcement partners in maintaining public safety and upholding the law.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 2, CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge referred Francisco Morales, 59, a U.S. citizen passenger aboard a commercial bus, for secondary inspection. During secondary examination, CBP officers utilizing biometric verification and federal law enforcement databases verified his identity and discovered that he was the subject of an outstanding felony arrest warrant for intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle issued by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office out of Waxahachie, Texas. The warrant was confirmed to be active. CBP officers transported Morales to Webb County jail to await criminal proceedings.
The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses. Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion. Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.