“These types of offenders have already caused irreparable harm to others,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “These two arrests highlight the threat our nation faces from individuals who circumvent ports of entry to avoid inspection.”
Carrizo Springs agents arrested Honduran national Rogelio Zelaya-Pineda, 43, on Highway 277 South near Carrizo Springs. Record checks showed he was convicted in 2001 for a felony sex crime involving a child in Stark County, Ohio.
Later the same day, agents from the Eagle Pass Station arrested Jesus Andres Garrido-Cuevas, a 33-year-old man from Mexico, for illegally crossing the border near Eagle Pass. Records checks showed he had a 2009 felony conviction for aggravated sexual abuse in McHenry County, Illinois, and sexual assault of a child in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
Both are convicted felons who also were previously removed from the United States. Each faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – re-entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state, and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.