POTRERO, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously convicted felon who had entered the U.S. illegally on Monday night near Potrero.
Shortly after 8 p.m., agents spotted a man crossing the border about five miles east of the Tecate Port of Entry. Agents responded to the area and located the man, who was hidden in thick brush about one-half mile north of the international boundary.
Agents questioned the man, who admitted that he was a Mexican national illegally in the U.S.
The 28-year-old suspect was arrested and transported to a nearby processing facility. A subsequent records check revealed that the man was sentenced to three years in prison for a 2011 rape conviction originating out of Santa Rosa, Calif.
“Our Border Patrol agents did a great service to our communities by preventing this previously convicted felon from entering the United States,” said Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow.
The man is being held in Department of Homeland Security custody and faces Federal criminal charges for re-entering the U.S. as a prior deportee.
Since October 1, 2015, Border Patrol agents in San Diego Sector have intercepted 14,449 individuals trying to illegally enter the U.S.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance in corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.