LORDSBURG, New Mexico –Alertness by Border Patrol Agents in the boot-heel of New Mexico paid off this week after they arrested several subjects including a convicted murderer, a sex offender and drug smugglers attempting to bring more than $113,000 in marijuana into the U.S.
On Monday, Horse Patrol agents detected activity in the desert south of Rodeo, New Mexico. Agents first located footprints of six subjects heading north from the U.S./Mexico International Boundary. The tracks led Agents to six people attempting to hide in the desert brush. All of the subjects were arrested and transported to the Lordsburg Station for processing. One subject was identified as 41-year-old Adan Jimenez Serrano, from Mexico. Jimenez Serrano’s prints were entered into the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, which revealed an extensive criminal history. His charges included, “Attempted Murder and Child Cruelty, and Willful Cruelty to a Child”. Records revealed he had been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison for crimes committed.
Jimenez Serrano will remain in custody pending prosecution as an aggravated felon, and will be removed from the U.S.
Agents also arrested a convicted sex offender in southern N.M. They responded to a call from a private citizen near Rodeo, N.M. where they encountered 49-year-old Obdulio Adolfo Pacheco Sandoval, a citizen of El Salvador who entered the U.S. illegally on May 30. Pacheco was transported to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station for further processing, and linked to convictions involving “Sex Offender/Disrupting School”, in addition to other crimes.
Pacheco will remain in custody pending prosecution as an aggravated felon, and will also be removed from the U.S.
On the same day, Lordsburg Border Patrol Agents struck again by seizing three bundles of marijuana and arresting five subjects near Playas, New Mexico. That episode began when Agents followed foot-sign of five suspected undocumented immigrants who crossed the border. After pursuing their tracks they discovered five subjects trying to hide in the brush. Agents found three backpacks in close proximity to the tracks. The arrested men, along with contraband stuffed into burlap backpacks, were taken to the Lordsburg Station.
The packs contained 142 pounds of marijuana, valued at $113,680. The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the subjects and marijuana.
To date, the U.S. Border Patrol in the El Paso Sector has seized over 51,000 pounds of marijuana among other controlled substances.
These incidents demonstrate how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and their ability to rapidly respond is combating the entrance of illicit drugs and violent criminals into border communities, while keeping our nation’s borders safe.