DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brackettville Station apprehended a convicted sex offender on Jan. 18.
“Our agents are committed to keeping our communities safe,” said Chief Rodolfo Karisch, U.S. Border Patrol, Del Rio Sector. “Apprehending previously convicted felons as they attempt to enter the United States illegally is one of the many ways we accomplish this goal.”
Agents working linewatch operations south of Brackettville Jan. 18, apprehended Francisco Chavez- Gallegos, 47, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. During processing, agents discovered that Chavez-Gallegos had been convicted in 2000 in Brooklyn, N.Y. for rape in the second degree. After serving a one-year jail sentence, Chavez-Gallegos was deported in 2001 due to his conviction on a crime involving moral turpitude.
Chavez-Gallegos faces a charge of illegal re-entry – 8 USC § 1326 – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. During FY 2015, which started Oct. 1, 2014, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended two previously deported sex offenders. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.