KINGSVILLE, Texas — Three people crossing illegally into the United States were arrested by Kingsville Border Patrol agents after two were identified as child sex offenders and one an MS-13 gang member, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release said.
On Sunday, Jan, 24., Kingsville Border Patrol agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint in Sarita were alerted to a vehicle by a service K-9. Three people were found in the trunk, all found to be in the country illegally.
During processing, record checks on one of the migrants revealed a May 2019 arrest by the Houston Sheriff’s Office for sexual assault of a child.
The following day, Kingsville agents caught a group of 18 people trying to avoid the checkpoint. All were identified as foreign nationals illegally present in the United States. During processing, agents discovered one of the subjects is a confirmed member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, commonly referred to as MS-13.
Today, Jan. 27., McAllen Border Patrol agents arrested a national from El Salvador near Hidalgo, Texas. During processing, record checks revealed the man was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department for lewd or lascivious acts with a minor.
Kingsville agents also arrested another person convicted of sexual assault on a child during a failed human smuggling attempt at the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint, the release said.
All subjects will be processed accordingly.
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