Border Patrol Stops Sex Offender at the Border and Apprehends Marijuana Smugglers

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CALEXICO– U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station arrested a previously deported convicted sex offender in the desert area approximately 13 miles west of the Calexico port of entry today.

The 34-year-old man was apprehended by Border Patrol agents when illegally entered into the United States.  Agents later identified the man as Jesus Bermudez-Alvear, a citizen of Mexico.

Criminal record checks revealed that Bermudez is a convicted sex offender, convicted of sexual intercourse with a minor out of Santa Ana.  Bermudez was previously removed from the United States and served a 60 day prison term and a three year supervised release on Mar.30, 2000.

Border Patrol has the man in custody.  Bermudez will be presented for criminal prosecution for re-entry after previously being removed.

This is the seventh sex offender arrest in the El Centro Sector area this year.

Agents Arrest 5 Attempting to Smuggle Marijuana

CALEXICO – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested five men after discovering more than 200 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle early Tuesday morning.

Men hauled more than 200 pouinds of marijuana in from Mexico.

Men hauled more than 200 pouinds of marijuana in from Mexico.

Shortly after 3 a.m., Border Patrol agents observed five men carrying large backpack type bundles as they illegally entered into the United States.

The men walked north towards a 2004 Dodge Neon that was parked near the Imperial Irrigation District’s Drop 1.  Agents approached the vehicle’s location and observed five men flee south.

Agents discovered 10 bundles of marijuana inside the Dodge and placed the driver, a 32-year-old, United States citizen, under arrest.

Border Patrol agents conducted a search of the area and arrested four Mexican citizen men, between the ages of 18 and 35-years old, who were hiding nearby.

The marijuana bundles had a combined weight of more than 219 pounds with a street value of around $131,000.

“Despite the advances in technology, vigilance is still our greatest tool in safeguarding our nation’s borders,” said Calexico Station’s Patrol Agent in Charge Carlos Briones.

The men, marijuana, and vehicle were turned over to the Imperial County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force for further investigation.

Agents tracked the fifth man to the International Border Fence where he likely fled back into Mexico.

Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector seized more than 5,700 pounds of marijuana.