DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station recently arrested a subject that has previously been deported, and is a convicted sex offender.
On Sept. 12, agents from the Eagle Pass Station encountered Edgar Cepeda-Hernandez, 34, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, near the Port of Entry. Cepeda-Hernandez showed signs of intoxication, prompting agents to notify Eagle Pass Police Department officers, who transported him to the Fort Duncan Medical Center for treatment. Upon his release from the hospital, Cepeda-Hernandez was returned to Border Patrol custody for processing, during which it was discovered that he had been previously deported from the United States, and is a convicted sex offender. Cepeda-Hernandez was convicted of “indecent exposure with a child” in Austin on April 12, 2007, and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Cepeda-Hernandez will be charged with 8 USC 1326 – illegal re-entry – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated. He will be removed to his native country upon completion of all criminal proceedings.
For Fiscal Year 2014, which started on Oct. 1, 2013, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended a total of 32 convicted sex offenders. 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. To report suspicious activity call the sector’s toll free telephone 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.