LAS CRUCES, N.M.—On March 10, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Las Cruces Border Patrol Station arrested a man previously convicted of various sex offenses with a child and who also served two years of a three year prison sentence in Los Angeles, CA.
At 7:00 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents from Las Cruces were conducting immigration inspections onboard a Greyhound passenger bus at the I-10 checkpoint when they encountered Fernando Efrain, a Honduran citizen. During questioning, Efrain voluntarily admitted to being in the U.S. illegally and was traveling to Van Nuys, CA.
Efrain was taken into custody and his biometric information was submitted into the Integrated Automated Identification System (IAFIS). Agents learned of his criminal history that included Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child and Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child in 2002. Further investigation also revealed that Efrain had been previously deported from the U.S.
Efrain was booked into the Otero County Prison Facility for his illegal re-entry into the U.S. and will subsequently be deported to his country of origin.
This latest arrest is a prime example of the impact made on a regular basis by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. These enforcement efforts increase the quality of life in the communities that we serve, while securing our nation's borders.
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.