U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO), is using biometrics to capture criminals with one of the latest successes being the apprehension of an alleged child abuser.
Such apprehensions are not uncommon. The CBP website cites numerous instances of biometrics being used to ascertain identity of known felons, with fingerprint and facial recognition being primary modalities used to identify possible suspects.
The most notable recent arrest was made at Hidalgo International Bridge on July 17, after CBP officers encountered Jairo Lumbreras, a 29-year-old male U.S. citizen from Mesquite, Texas as he arrived from Mexico through pedestrian lanes.
Using biometric verification, CBP officers discovered that Lumbreras was an exact match to an arrest warrant from Carrollton, Texas issued in April. He was charged with two felony counts of indecency with a child by contact and a felony aggravated assault charge of a child, for incidents which allegedly occurred between 2008 through 2012. The child involved was 12-years-old at the time and the daughter of Lumbreras’ girlfriend.
Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, said: “Our ability to check everyone’s identity who seeks to enter the U.S. is how we encounter those individuals who are wanted for alleged crimes.”