Border Patrol Arrests Sex Offender and Known Gang Member
OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two potentially dangerous men, a previously convicted sex offender and a “Border Brothers” gang member, who illegally entered the United States.
The first incident happened on March 29, at approximately 8:45 p.m., when Border Patrol agents patrolling approximately one half mile miles east of the Calexico Port of Entry, encountered a man after he entered the United States by climbing over the fence separating the U.S. and Mexico.
Agents arrested the man and transported him to the Calexico Station. During processing duties, agents observed the man had several tattoos indicative of the “Border Brothers” gang. Upon questioning, the man claimed to have been part of the notorious criminal gang, “Border Brothers.”
The man, a 37-year-old Mexican citizen, will be removed to his country of origin.
The second incident occurred April 1, at approximately 9:30 a.m., when Border Patrol agents patrolling 34 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry, encountered a man who had illegally entered the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing. Agents conducted record checks, which revealed that the man was a convicted sex offender and has an active warrant out of Orange County for dangerous drugs.
“Our job as Border Patrol agents is not only to enforce immigration laws but to ensure the safety and well-being of our community,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim. “Our agents protect our communities and our country from threats like this every day.”
The man, a 57-year-old Mexican citizen, will be prosecuted as a reinstatement of a previous removal.
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.