U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Convicted Felon
DETROIT — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Detroit Sector arrested a previously removed Mexican national near Lake Township, Ohio, on Wednesday morning.
Border Patrol agents from the Sandusky Bay Station were contacted by Ohio State Highway Patrol at approximately 9:15 a.m. requesting assistance with identifying a subject. The man, identified as Marcos Mendez-Rabelez, admitted to the responding Border Patrol agents that he was from Mexico and did not possess U.S.-issued immigration documents allowing him to be or remain in the United States.
During processing at the Border Patrol station in Port Clinton, record checks revealed that he had been formally removed on four separate occasions. He was convicted of 8 USC 1326 Illegal Re-entry After Removal in 2015, and sentenced to 180 days in jail. He also had been sentenced, in 2010, to three years in prison for a conviction on transportation of marijuana. During questioning the man claimed to be a member of the “Border Brothers” gang.
“This arrest is an example of the benefit of our working relationships with other law enforcement agencies in the area,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “These partnerships are valuable because we work together to remove criminal aliens from our communities. I am proud of all the agents in Detroit Sector who work daily as the front line of defense for our country.”
Anyone with information on suspicious activity is asked to call the Detroit Sector Border Patrol Border Watch telephone number toll-free at 800-537-3220.
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.