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Border Patrol Apprehends Sex Offender

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OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a man Sunday night previously convicted of a sexual offense.

The incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m., when Remote Video Surveillance System operators notified agents in the area of a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry.  Agents responded to the location and arrested the man.  Agents 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 32-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, had a conviction on June 13, 2019, for “Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree” out of Albany, Oregon.  The man was sentenced to 30 days confinement and five years probation for his conviction.  The man had been previously removed from the United States on May 26, 2020.

The man is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.

This incident was one of several over the weekend when El Centro Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents seized packages of methamphetamine at the checkpoint as well as kettlebell-shaped packages of methamphetamine, and rescued a man who became lost while trying to illegally cross into the U.S.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021