DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Brackettville arrested a gang member wanted in connection with a violent crime.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brackettville Station encountered Jose Santiago Mendez-Avalos, 41, on Sept. 14, as he crossed a remote ranch. Agents determined he was in the country illegally. During processing, it was revealed that he is wanted in Seguin related to a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Agents also discovered that Mendez-Avalos is an active gang member and has an extensive criminal history.
Mendez-Avalos faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326, illegal re-entry after deportation which carries a sentence of two years in prison.
“This arrest is another reminder of the dangerous individuals agents encounter while performing their duties,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “I commend our agents for their vigilance in keeping dangerous criminals from re-entering our communities.”
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which works with federal, state and local partners to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, please 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.