El Centro Border Patrol Agents Nab Convicted Sex Offender

Salton City, California - On Friday agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a convicted sex offender who attempted to circumvent the Highway 86 checkpoint, which is located between Westmorland and Salton City. In a separate incident, on Oct. 28, agents assigned to the Calexico Station seized approximately 23 pounds of methamphetamine.

In the first incident, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a 2007 Chevrolet pickup attempted to circumvent the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents approached the vehicle and identified four undocumented Mexican citizens, and a United States citizen. One of the individuals, a 34-year-old man, was previously convicted for lewd and lascivious acts with a child and sentenced to a one-year prison term and three year probation. The U.S. Border Patrol will seek prosecution on the subject for illegal re-entry into the United States.

In the second incident, at approximately 2 p.m., agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint, near Calexico, referred a Ford F-150 pickup truck for inspection. During inspection, a canine team alerted to the vehicle. The driver, a 28-year-old United States citizen, and the vehicle were taken to the Calexico West Port of Entry for further inspection. After a thorough inspection, agents discovered 20 packages of methamphetamine concealed in the truck. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately 23 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $764,000. The man and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.

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