Child abductor arrested at the Hidalgo International Bridge

Child abductor arrested at the Hidalgo International Bridge
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:39am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 40-year-old female United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas on an active arrest warrant for alleged child abduction.

“This woman who allegedly took her two sons without legal authorization was arrested by our CBP officers as she attempted to enter the United States from Mexico,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our ability to query everyone seeking entry into the U.S. has allowed to detect this person and have the children reunited with their lawful guardian.”

On Wednesday afternoon, August 20th CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered Cecilia Margarita Rodriguez Guzman along with her 14 and 10-year-old sons in a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. Ms. Rodriguez Guzman presented United States passports for herself and the two boys and initial primary checks resulted in Ms. Rodriguez Guzman being a possible match to an arrest warrant. CBP officers referred the vehicle and occupants to secondary where further checks utilizing biometric verification through CBP and law enforcement databases, confirmed her identity as well as the arrest warrant from the Edinburg Police Department.

The arrest warrant for child abduction, a 3rd degree felony, was issued in 2010 for the woman for having allegedly taken her two sons after their legal custody was reportedly awarded to their biological father. Ms. Rodriguez Guzman had been in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon, Mexico since allegedly taking her boys.

CBP-OFO arrested the woman and then released her to the custody of the Edinburg Police Department who subsequently transported her to the city jail.

CBP is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.

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