C.B.P. News Release

CBP Officers at Brownsville Port Arrest Four Wanted Fugitives

(Friday, March 05, 2010)

Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry apprehended three men and one woman on active arrest warrants over the weekend, including one wanted on an outstanding sexual assault warrant.

On March 5, CBP officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge arrested three men in separate enforcement actions. In the first arrest, a pedestrian identified as John David Farris, 40, a U.S. citizen and resident of Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico was referred for a secondary examination after a primary check revealed a possible active arrest warrant for a probation violation and failure to appear in cases from Harris and Collins counties in the Houston, Texas area.

The second arrest at the B&M Bridge involved a Hector Alberto Salinas, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen who resides in San Antonio, Texas. Salinas is wanted for a bond violation from the Bexar County Sherriff’s Office in San Antonio.

The third arrest at B&M Bridge on March 5, concentrated on Juan Carlos Alvarez, 34, a U.S. citizen and resident of Pasadena, Texas. Alvarez was arrested after a check of a CBP database revealed an active arrest warrant for sexual assault.

The three men were turned over to the Brownsville Police Department, which transported them to the Carrizales-Rucker County Jail where they remain incarcerated pending extradition.

The fourth case took place at Veterans International Bridge on March 6. A database check identified Maria Esther Villarreal de Garcia as the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant from the western district of New York. Villarreal de Garcia has an active indictment from New York involving drug trafficking charges.

Villarreal de Garcia was arrested and subsequently turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, which transported her to the Carrizales-Rucker County Jail where she remains incarcerated pending extradition.

“While steadfastly protecting the border from those who would attempt to do us harm, CBP officers encounter countless wanted fugitives. These arrests over the weekend are a direct result of the outstanding work our officers do in furtherance of our core mission of keeping our homeland safe," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

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.

Contacts For This News Release
Eddie Perez
CBP Public Affairs
Phone: (956) 548-2745 Ext: 1155 or

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