DEMING, N.M. – El Paso Sector Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico arrested a suspect from Mexico, Sept. 29, who had an active warrant in Nevada as a suspected sex offender.
On Sept. 28, Border Patrol Agents were conducting patrols off NM Highway-11 utilizing night vision technology when they observed six individuals attempting to circumvent the U.S. Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint on foot. A Border Patrol All-Terrain Vehicle Unit was immediately deployed to the area where the subjects were last seen. At approximately 6 p.m. Agents following the trail of footprints came upon the group hiding in the desert brush. All six male subjects admitted to being Mexican nationals without any legal immigration documents.
The subjects were transported to the Deming Border Patrol Station where their biographical and biometric information were submitted into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The criminal database quickly alerted agents to an active criminal warrant for one of the men. It revealed an active warrant of arrest for 33-year old Jesus Jimenez-Franco, from Minden, Nevada for “Failure to Appear” in October of 2003. Jimenez-Franco was charged with “Sexual Assault-of-a-Minor”, but never faced this criminal charge.
Jimenez-Franco is currently being held at the Luna County Detention Center awaiting trial for his immigration violation before he is extradited to Nevada for the sexual assault of a minor charge.
Also on Sept. 28, Border Patrol Agents in Clint, Texas came across footprints of a group heading north from the U.S./Mexico boundary. As the agents moved in, they abandoned the bundles of marijuana packaged in potato sacks, then fled. The total amount of contraband was 110 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $80,000. It is being turned over to the DEA.
These incidents demonstrate how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the ability to rapidly respond to urban areas is combating the furtherance of illicit drugs and wanted criminals into our community, while keeping our nation’s borders safe.