Blythe, Calif. - Salvador Rayas-Cano, a convicted sex offender illegally present in the U.S., was arrested near Blythe, Calif., on Tuesday morning by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector.
Border Patrol agents encountered Rayas Tuesday just before noon. Rayas told agents that he was illegally present in the U.S., and that he had been previously deported. The agents arrested Rayas and transported him to the Blythe Border Patrol station for processing.
Rayas has a previous conviction as a sex offender for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and he has previously been deported. Rayas failed to register as a sex offender and his whereabouts has been unknown since 1989.
Rayas will be prosecuted for illegally re-entering the United States after deportation and will be subsequently deported back to Mexico.
The apprehension and deportation of convicted sex offenders and other dangerous criminals is one of the ways the U.S. Border Patrol helps to improve the quality of life in our communities along the 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.