EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector arrested a slew of dangerous criminals in just four days.
Three of the people arrested, two Mexican nationals and a Guatemalan national, had criminal records that included crimes ranging from lewd or lascivious acts with a child to four counts of sexual assault of a child and rape of child.
Additionally, agents assigned to the McAllen Station apprehended two confirmed gang members near Hidalgo. A Salvadoran man who admitted to being a member of the violent and deadly Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) street gang and a Mexican man, with confirmed ties to the dangerous 18th Street gang.
In a separate incident, agents arrested a Mexican national in La Grulla who had previously been arrested and charged with rape in the first degree.
“Border Patrol agents remain vigilant in their efforts to protect this nation from all threats, including predators and convicted criminals attempting to illegally enter the country,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. “Thanks to the hard work of Border Patrol agents, these dangerous criminals were unable to make it into our communities.”
All subjects were processed accordingly and referred to the Rio Grande Valley Sector’s Office of Prosecution.
RGV Sector urges immigrants to not jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, 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.