News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pasadena Murder Suspect Apprehended at San Ysidro Port of Entry

Monday, February 18, 2008

San Ysidro -- A 44-year old Encino man wanted by Pasadena police on a $1 million bail arrest warrant for homicide was apprehended Sunday afternoon by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the busy San Ysidro port of entry, officials announced today.

Tracy Alan Bartlett was detained by CBP officers after he entered the port from Mexico as the driver of a California-plated 1997 Mercury Mountaineer at about 1 p.m. . After being presented with a valid U.S. passport, the CBP officer receiving Bartlett's declaration queried law enforcement databases and developed information regarding the traveler's outstanding felony warrant.

Bartlett, a U.S. citizen, was escorted by the CBP officer into the vehicle secondary inspection lot where his identity was confirmed using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and other databases. Additionally, CBP officers contacted the Pasadena police department to confirm the active warrant.

Bartlett subsequently was transported by CBP officers to the San Diego central jail and the custody of the San Diego Sheriff's department for further processing.

Bartlett's apprehension was one of 14 arrests made over the weekend at the nation's busiest land border port and its neighbor facility at Otay Mesa. Outstanding charges from police agencies nationwide included parole violations, narcotics, sexual assault of a child, commercial sex and family offenses. Two additional apprehensions, based on outstanding charges involving larceny and dangerous drugs, were made at the San Ysidro port on Monday morning, officials said.

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