DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station apprehended a convicted sex offender on Thursday.
Agents patrolling near Eagle Pass encountered Jorge Alberto Cruz-Mejia, 47, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras. During processing agents discovered that Cruz-Mejia had been previously deported from the United States and is a convicted sex offender. Cruz-Mejia was convicted of “Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child” by the 366th District Court in McKinney, Texas in 2006 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was removed to Honduras on Oct. 2, 2013.
Cruz-Mejia will be charged with 8 USC 1326 – illegal re-entry – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated. He will be removed to his native country upon completion of all criminal proceedings.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended 18 sex offenders since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014, which commenced on Oct. 1, 2013. This total is equivalent to the 18 previously deported sex offenders arrested during FY 2013 in its entirety. With more than five months remaining in this fiscal year, sex offender arrests by Del Rio agents will surpass the previous year’s numbers.
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.