DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Station apprehended a subject with an active warrant for rape on Friday.
Agents patrolling near Carrizo Springs encountered a group of seven undocumented aliens. Lauro Martinez-Zarate, 28, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico was apprehended within the group. During processing, agents discovered that Martinez-Zarate had been previously deported from the United States and is currently wanted for a rape charge in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Martinez-Zarate will be charged with 8 USC 1326 – re-entry after deportation – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated. He will be removed to his native country upon completion of all criminal proceedings.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended 18 sex offenders since the beginning of Fiscal Year 14 which commenced on Oct. 1 2013. This total is equivalent to the 18 previously deported sex offenders arrested during FY 2013 in its entirety. With more than five months remaining in this fiscal year, sex offender arrests by Del Rio agents are on track to surpass the previous year’s numbers.
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.