BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Persistence paid off last week for U.S. Border Patrol agents who were involved in the investigation and apprehension of a convicted felon who recently entered the country illegally.
Border Patrol agents discovered evidence that the prior felon, a 27-year-old male Mexican national, had illegally entered the country from Mexico on February 14, 2017. The evidence was personal belongings that the man dropped after crossing the border a short distance east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
This evidence led Border Patrol agents to Bakersfield, Calif., where agents located and apprehended the man last Friday afternoon with the assistance of agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. The man is in federal custody and faces charges for re-entry after deportation.
The man has a felony conviction of assault with a deadly weapon in 2015. He also has three prior deportations from the country, most recently in December 2016.
Richard A. Barlow, Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector said, “This intelligence-driven effort speaks volumes about Border Patrol agents’ tenacity to pursue any criminal who illegally enters our country.”
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.