Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass port of entry, in separate incidents, recently detained two men - one destined for removal from the country due to being a known sex offender, the other wanted for violating probation following a narcotics conviction.
On Saturday, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt as it arrived from Mexico. The driver of the vehicle, Jose Arroyo Paulin, 35, of Eagle Pass, presented the inspecting officer with a temporary I-551 (green card). Initial records checks revealed Arroyo to be a registered sex offender. CBP officers queried government databases, which indicated Arroyo has a criminal history that includes a 2003 conviction in Los Angeles for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. Officers received authorization to initiate removal proceedings on grounds of "crimes involving moral turpitude." Arroyo, who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was transported to a detention facility pending removal proceedings.
In an unrelated incident on Monday, a U.S. citizen wanted for probation violation on a narcotics conviction was taken into custody. Adrian Alejandro Salinas, 28, surrendered himself to CBP officers at the pedestrian lane of Eagle Pass Bridge No. 1, Monday afternoon. CBP officers discovered that Salinas had been wanted since 2006. Records checks revealed an outstanding warrant for probation violation, stemming from a conviction for possession of five kilograms of cocaine. Salinas was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
"Our frontline CBP officers have the ability to check arriving travelers, using law enforcement databases," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP port director, Eagle Pass. "This is an important tool for detecting anyone wanted on outstanding warrants or who might be subject to removal from the country based on inadmissibility standards."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.