Del Rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station apprehended a convicted sex offender on Sunday.
Agents working linewatch duties southeast of Eagle Pass apprehended Luis Gerardo Hernandez-Zanabia, 48, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. During processing, agents discovered that Hernandez-Zanabia had been convicted in Pasadena, Texas for indecency with a child and was sentenced to six months incarceration. Hernandez-Zanabia has a violent criminal record in the United States dating back to 1986. He has been arrested for assault, burglary, property theft, criminal trespassing, driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance in addition to numerous immigration violations. Hernandez-Zanabia has been deported twice, most recently on April 19, 2006.
Hernandez-Zanabia faces a charge of illegal re-entry – 8 USC 1326 – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.
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. So far during Fiscal Year 2014, which began Oct. 1, 2013, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended 13 sex offenders. During FY13, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended 18 previously deported sex offenders.
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.