El Cento, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro and Calexico Border Patrol Stations arrested two convicted sex offenders in separate incidents this past weekend.
"Reducing crime in border communities by arresting individuals who have been convicted of such crimes improves our quality of life," said Jeffrey A. Calhoon, chief patrol agent of El Centro Sector. "The arrest of these two individuals is in keeping with our objectives of our National Border Patrol Strategy."
The first arrest occurred on Friday, March 26, at approximately 1 p.m. Agents encountered the individual approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico, Calif. port of entry. Record checks revealed that the individual had been convicted of a felony sex offence and was sentenced to 365 days in jail and 60 months probation. Furthermore, the offender has an outstanding warrant out of Hollywood, Calif. The Los Angeles Police Department was contacted and responded that they would extradite said individual.
The second arrest occurred approximately seven miles east of the Calexico, Calif., port of entry on Saturday, March 27, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Agents tracked a group of eight suspected illegal aliens that had made their way across the All-American Canal. All subjects were later arrested and after performing record checks, one individual was found to have a positive criminal record. The individual had been convicted for Rape by Force/Oral Copulation and Assault to Commit Rape. The individual was sentenced to a 10-year prison term for these offenses. The other seven individuals were returned to their country of citizenship.
Both individuals are being held pending prosecution.
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.