LAS CRUCES, N.M.—El Paso sector U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Peruvian illegal immigrant yesterday wanted for sex offenses out of Virginia.
At approximately 3 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the traffic checkpoint on I-10 west of Las Cruces, N.M., were conducting immigration inspections of passengers on a westbound Greyhound bus when they encountered Gerson Pier Jara Gonzalez, a 25-year-old Peruvian citizen, who was traveling to Long Beach, Calif. Agents soon discovered that Gonzalez was wanted in Dale City, Virginia, for charges stemming from criminal sex offenses after an extensive records check was done through the Integrated Automated Finger Print Identification System (IAFIS). The information revealed that Gonzalez had an active warrant on two counts of "Aggravated Sexual Battery on a Minor."
Gonzalez was taken into custody and turned over to the New Mexico State Police pending extradition to Dale City, Virginia.
The U.S. Border Patrol works diligently with a host of other law enforcement agencies to help keep our border communities safe. This is a clear indication of the agency's devotion to keeping sexual predators and other criminals off the streets and out of area neighborhoods along the southwest border.
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.