Border Patrol Apprehends Sex Offender and Seizes Drugs in Two Separate Events
CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a man convicted of a sexual offense and seized narcotics in two separate events on Thursday.
The first incident occurred at around 2:35 a.m., when Remote Video Surveillance System operators observed and notified agents in the area of a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately three miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and conducted an immigration and criminal history screening in the field before transporting him to the El Centro Station.
Records checks revealed that the man, a 39-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, had a conviction on Oct. 18, 2018, for “PC-Lewd or Lascivious Acts W/Child” out of San Ysidro. The man was sentenced to 364 days confinement and three years probation for his conviction. The man also has an outstanding warrant with no bail out of Orange County for a sex offense.
The man is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
The second incident occurred at around 2:47 p.m., when a 26-year-old woman driving a white Dodge Charger along with her two infant children approached the Highway 86 Checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle in the primary inspection lane. Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered 104 packages concealed inside the trunk and the door panels of the vehicle. Agents determined that the packages contained a substance that was consistent with the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the narcotics discovered was approximately 114.4 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated value of $217,360.
The woman, a United States citizen, the narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration .
The infant children were turned over to Child Protective Services.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.