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The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) of the U.S. Department of State, working with Mexican authorities, located and returned David Rodriguez, a fugitive U.S. citizen facing multiple charges. In addition to a DSS warrant for passport fraud, Rodriguez was wanted by California Department of Motor Vehicles for three counts of forgery and for a drug charge at the county level.

DSS special agents at the DSS Los Angeles Field Office, the San Diego Resident Office, and at the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, Mexico, worked with Mexican law enforcement officials to locate Rodriguez. They eventually traced Rodriguez’s location to a residence in Tijuana, Mexico, where he was apprehended after weeks of surveillance.

“This is a perfect illustration of DSS’ global reach and our ability to partner with U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies on complex international, multi-jurisdictional cases,” said Jeffrey Roberts, special agent in charge at the DSS Los Angeles Field Office. “DSS and our counterparts are conducting investigations like these on a daily basis around the world.”

Rodriguez was returned to the United States on Oct. 16, 2018, to face charges.

The investigation was led by DSS and Mexico’s State of Baja California Ministerial Police. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mexico’s State of Baja California Preventive Police, and Mexico’s National Migration Institute assisted with the case.

The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of DSS are responsible for the security of more than 270 diplomatic posts around the world. In the United States, DSS personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. For additional information about DSS, visit DiplomaticSecurity.state.gov, or follow us at https://www.facebook.com/StateDeptDSS  or https://twitter.com/statedeptdss

For additional information, contact DSS Public Affairs at DS-Press@state.gov.

U.S. Department of State

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