From the daily archives: Monday, April 26, 2010

San Diego – The U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the San Ysidro port of entry yesterday morning apprehended a man wanted for a homicide with bail set at $1,000,000.

At approximately 9:16 a.m., 18-year-old Jesus Melgarejo Jr., a U. S. citizen, was the passenger in a 2009 Scion driven by a 19 year-old female U. S. citizen. Melgarejo and the female driver applied for entry into the U. S. by presenting valid California birth certificates and driver licenses.

When the officer checked their names against law enforcement databases, he was alerted that Melgarejo was wanted in connection with the March 8, shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Fresno County, Calif.

After the warrant was verified with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, Melgarejo was arrested, transported and booked into the San Diego County Jail to await extradition to Fresno County.

The female and vehicle were released from CBP custody.


San Diego – The crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection interdiction boat caught two women Monday on a fishing boat with 382 pounds of marijuana stashed onboard.

At about 2 a.m., CBP marine interdiction agents and a CBP officer boarded a 23-foot recreational vessel off Point Loma.

The marine interdiction agents found 24 packages of marijuana stashed in the forward compartment, weighing a total of 382 pounds, and worth an estimated $190,000.

CBP agents brought the boat and the two female occupants, a 34-year-old and a 36-year-old, both U.S. citizens, to the dock, seized the vessel and narcotics, and turned custody of the two women over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Maritime Task Force, who are investigating the matter further.

Both CBP and ICE are members of the San Diego Maritime Unified Command, which also includes the Coast Guard and other law enforcement partners, as an all-threats multi-agency approach to maritime law enforcement operating in the San Diego and Orange County maritime region.

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