CBP Officers Capture Man Wanted in Oklahoma Killing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry on Thursday apprehended a man wanted in connection with a March 2017 shooting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which left one dead and one injured.

“Homeland security is our primary mission however the thorough exams we perform on all arriving goods and people will often uncover other violations including those who are running from the law,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director.

“Our nation is safer because of the work performed by CBP officers.”

The apprehension was made Thursday afternoon at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing.

CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good
CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good

CBP officers were processing arriving pedestrians when a 55-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen applied for entry from Mexico.

CBP officers queried the subject’s documents and received a match for a wanted lookout.

They took the subject into custody and confirmed that the warrant was active and that the subject was being sought by Oklahoma City Police in connection with a murder.

He is identified as Teran Constantino Morales.

CBP officers detained the subject. He was turned over to the El Paso Police Department and booked into the county jail to await extradition.

This subject was one of three NCIC wanted subject apprehensions made Thursday by CBP officers working at El Paso area ports of entry.

They also made six drug seizures yesterday including seizures of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

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While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.