EL CENTRO — US Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a human smuggler, previously convicted of a sexual offense, Wednesday, May 20.

According to the USBP release, the incident occurred around 12:23 p.m., when an agent assigned to roving patrol duties pulled over a vehicle suspected of alien smuggling near Silsbee Road and Even Hewes Highway. Inside the car, agents encountered the driver — a 29-year-old United States citizen — and two passengers.

The release said agents transported all three men to an immigration rally point for further processing. Record checks revealed the driver had been previously convicted for “Adult Stranger Lure Minor” out of the Imperial County, on June 16, 2016, according to the release. He was sentenced to 100 days of incarceration and three years of probation for his conviction.

The release said the driver was processed administratively for 8 USC 1324 Alien Smuggling. The two passengers — adult Mexican males — were expelled back to their country of origin.

According to the release, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed 36 individuals in fiscal year 2020, either convicted or wanted on sexual offense charges after they entered the United States illegally.

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