DEL RIO, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brackettville Station apprehended a convicted sex offender on Wednesday.
Agents working linewatch duties in Brackettville near U.S. Highway 90, apprehended Merced Eliseo Romero-Guevara, 33, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. During processing, agents discovered that Romero-Guevara had been previously removed from the United States and convicted in Hillsborough, Fla. for sexual assault and false imprisonment of a minor. Romero-Guevara was sentenced to 15 years probation following his conviction and deported. Romero-Guevara was also arrested twice in 2006 for driving under the influence and moving violations. On each occasion Romero-Guevara was released on bail or released on his own recognizance.
Romero-Guevara faces a charge of illegal entry – 8 USC 1325 – 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. For fiscal year 2013, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended a total of 16 convicted sex offenders. So far during fiscal year 2014, which began Oct. 1, 2013, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended six sex offenders.
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.