Del Rio, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station apprehended a convicted sex offender on Thursday, the second such arrest by Del Rio Sector agents in as many days.
Agents working linewatch duties in Eagle Pass approximately three miles northwest of the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, Bridge I, apprehended Victor Manuel Moreira-Martinez, 50, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador. During processing, agents discovered that Moreira-Martinez had been convicted in Norwalk, Calif. for “lewd/lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age” and subsequently deported. Moreira-Martinez also had multiple arrests for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, theft and assault.
Moreira-Martinez faces a charge of illegal re-entry – 8 USC 1326 – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.
So far during Fiscal Year 2014, which began Oct. 1, 2013, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended seven sex offenders. During FY13, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended 16 previously deported sex offenders.
Compared to the same time frame during FY13, Del Rio Sector has seen a 100 percent increase in arrests of criminal aliens who have been previously deported for sexual offenses. 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.
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.