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Criminal Alien Arrested near Zapata, Texas

Release Date: 
August 28, 2020

LAREDO, Texas – A criminal alien was arrested in a law enforcement joint operation near Zapata, Texas. 

The incident occurred during the early morning of August 26, when a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer working watch operations with Zapata Station (LZT) Border Patrol agents discovered two individuals by a ranch gate off U.S. Highway 83 near the border.  Both individuals revealed themselves to be from the country of Mexico and in the United States illegally.  The CBP Officer placed them under arrest and LZT agents responded to assist. 

DIego Andres Rodriguez-Gonzalez
Diego Andres Rodriguez-Gonzalez

Agents took custody of the individuals.  During processing, one of the individuals was identified as Diego Andres Rodriguez-Gonzalez, a 31-year old Mexican national who was arrested in Galveston, Texas in 2003 on the charge of Indecency with a Child with Sexual Contact.  He also had a prior narcotics conviction in which he received a sentence of one-year confinement with two years’ probation.  Record checks further revealed several prior deportations from the United States.

U.S. Border Patrol criminally charged Rodriguez-Gonzalez for his immigration violations and he remains in custody pending federal prosecution. 

Despite the ongoing international COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector will continue working with their law enforcement partners to safeguard the Nation and our communities by preventing dangerous criminals from entering into the United States.  The Laredo Sector focuses its efforts to meet the Enduring Mission Priorities of the agency to counter terrorism, combat transnational crime, secure the border, and facilitate lawful trade and travel while protecting revenue. 

To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.  You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021