NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station arrested Eduardo Mancilla-Ruiz, age 28, and Florencio Reyes-Veliz, age 24, previously deported aliens.
On May 24, Niagara Falls Border Patrol agents received information of possible illegal alien activity in the city of Niagara Falls. The information led agents to a blue Dodge Charger with an Idaho license plate at a hotel on Niagara Falls Boulevard, where it picked up five passengers. Subsequent Border Patrol inspection of the driver and passengers determined that two occupants were illegally in the U.S.
Mancilla-Ruiz, a citizen of Mexico, and Reyes-Veliz, a citizen of Guatemala, were determined by Border Patrol to be illegally present in the U.S., and were placed under arrest and transported to the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station for processing and further investigation.
Mancilla-Ruiz and Reyes-Veliz were previously apprehended by Border Patrol and ICE, and ordered removed from the U.S. Mancilla-Ruiz was also convicted of assault in the third degree in Montrose County, Colo., in 2009. Both subjects have been detained at the Batavia Federal Detention facility pending removal from the U.S.
“This arrest showcases the efforts of the men and women of the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station. Apprehending and removing criminals from our communities allows us a safer place to live,” said Josh Barrett, patrol agent in charge of the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station.
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.