Bolivian Subject Had Been Previously Deported
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Uvalde Border Patrol Station arrested a convicted sex offender who was previously deported.
“Apprehending known felons at or near the border is among our prime objectives,” said Rodolfo Karisch, Chief Patrol Agent, Del Rio Sector. "The outstanding efforts of our agents in apprehending undocumented immigrants with prior criminal records makes our community safer.”
On Sept. 11, Eliseo Cespedes-Vargas, 57, was encountered by the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office during a traffic stop, on Highway 57 in La Pryor. Uvalde Border Patrol agents assisted Zavala County Sheriff’s deputies on the traffic stop and determined that Cespedes-Vargas was an undocumented immigrant from Bolivia. Record checks on Cespedes-Vargas revealed that he had been arrested in Arlington County, Virginia for attempted rape on June 8, 1992. On Dec. 14, 2007, Cespedes-Vargas was convicted and was sentenced to eight years confinement. Subsequently Cespedes-Vargas was ordered removed to Bolivia on March 22, 2011.
Cespedes-Vargas faces a charge of illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon - 8 USC § 1326 – and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. During FY 2015, which started Oct. 1, 2014, Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended 13 previously deported sex offenders. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.