EL PASO, TEXAS—Two sexual predators from Mexico were arrested over the weekend by Border Patrol agents in El Paso and Lordsburg, New Mexico after they entered the United States illegally.
The first incident occurred on Friday when agents from Lordsburg arrested 29-year-old Juan Martinez after he crossed the border south of Animas, New Mexico. After his arrest, his biometric information was submitted into the "Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System" (IAFIS) which revealed that Martinez has an active, extraditable warrant related to statutory rape out of Fulton County, Georgia. Martinez was previously removed from the U.S. He is currently detained at the Luna County Detention Center, pending extradition to Georgia, as well as prosecution for his illegal re-entry and eventual removal from the U.S.
The second arrest of a sexual predator occurred when agents from El Paso apprehended 37-year-old Carlos Roberto Canales-Garza. He was arrested after illegally crossing the border under the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) Port of Entry. Using IAFIS, agents learned that he had been convicted and served prison time in Omaha, Nebraska for sexual crimes. Canales had previously been formally removed from the U.S.. Canales is currently being detained at the El Paso County Detention Facility, awaiting prosecution and removal from the U.S.
The latest arrests of suspected sexual predators are a testament to the vigilance and hard work by the men and women of the El Paso Sector Border Patrol. These homeland security efforts continue to have a positive impact on the communities in which we live by keeping criminals and criminal activity out of our country while helping secure America's borders.
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.