JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man previously convicted of murder during highway operations on I-95 near Jacksonville on Feb 21.
U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered the individual while conducting anti-smuggling operations and found that the man was not in possession of valid immigration documents. Further investigation by the agents revealed that the Guatemalan national had a murder conviction.
“The Border Patrol’s primary goal in Florida is to stop all threats that attempt to gain entry into the United States where they may target and harm American citizens,” said U.S. Border Patrol Miami Sector Acting Division Chief Peter Daniel. “Dedicated U.S. Border Patrol agents are committed to keeping our communities safe while securing our coastal borders across the state.”
U.S. Border Patrol agents routinely conduct law enforcement activities at transportation highway routes as part of a layered approach to prevent those in the country illegally from traveling further into the United States. These operations are conducted at strategic locations that serve as conduits for human and narcotic smuggling and disrupt criminal organizations from further exploiting this mode of transportation. Enforcement operations at transportation highway routes serve as a vital component of the U.S. Border Patrol’s national security efforts.
U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to enforce immigration laws while working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement partners to ensure the safety of border communities throughout Florida.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes information and assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435. Calls will remain confidential and anonymous.
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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.