CLINT, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents arrested an aggravated felon who is also a member of a notorious Mexican gang.
Late Friday afternoon, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Clint station encountered three individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States from Mexico. Border Patrol Agents located the trio partially submerged in a canal in a failed effort to conceal themselves.
Agents transported the group to the Clint station and through criminal history record checks determined that 25-year-old Mexican citizen, Juan Rodriguez-Garcia, had a prior felony conviction in 2015 out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The charges were Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to distribute.
Rodriguez-Garcia was removed from the United States in August 2016 following his incarceration. During the interview process, Rodriguez-Garcia self-admitted that he is an active gang member. He remains in custody pending criminal prosecution.
“El Paso Sector Border Patrol Agents continue to secure isolated areas along our southern border. They work tirelessly to keep our communities safe from dangerous individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez.
It is important to note that an arrest or criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered evidence of guilt. Subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635-2509 toll-free.