Alpine, Texas – On June 24, 2017, Alpine Border Patrol Agents apprehended a Mexican Citizen and convicted murderer who was illegally present in the United States. He was encountered during an immigration inspection at the Highway 385 Checkpoint near Marathon, Texas.
The 54-year-old man, from Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, was first arrested on November 11, 1985 by the Ward County Sheriff’s Office in Monahans, Texas, where he was charged with Murder. He was later convicted and sentenced to 20 years of incarceration for the crime. He was subsequently removed to Mexico on October 17, 1996, and again on June 5, 2010. Both times he illegally entered the United States after being removed.
“Our communities may be a little bit safer since this person was taken off the streets,” Big Bend Sector Chief Jesse Shaw said. “It’s just another example of the value of having trained U.S. Border Patrol agents along our nation’s borders to help make our country more secure”, he added.
On June 24th of this year, he illegally entered a third time into the United States in Presidio. He then drove to the Big Bend National Park and continued north on Highway 385 toward Marathon, Texas with his 14-year-old son who is a United States citizen. At the checkpoint, he presented Border Patrol Agents with a fraudulent “I-551” Card (Permanent Resident Card). He was arrested after they determined he was in the country illegally.
The man was charged with “8-USC 1326 (B) (2), Aggravated Felon, Re-entry after Deportation” from the United States, and was referred to the Big Bend Sector’s Prosecutions Unit.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.