EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector arrested 18 convicted sex offenders, who were illegally present in the United States, and nine members of notorious street gangs throughout the month of June. An additional three sex offenders have been arrested so far in July.
The majority of the sex offenders have convictions for sexual assault crimes involving children. Some of the more egregious offenses include: sexual assault of a child; sodomy, kidnapping, lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14; aggravated sexual assault of a child; and aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor.
The offenses occurred in states from coast to coast including California and North Carolina as well as in the Rio Grande Valley.
Additionally, agents arrested eight members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, or MS-13, a notorious transnational criminal gang that started in Los Angeles. Agents also apprehended one member of the 18th Street gang. The 18th Street gang also originated in Los Angeles and is considered to be that city’s largest transnational criminal gang.
“Border Patrol agents have a responsibility to protect this nation from all threats,” Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. “Those threats are not always posed by terrorists or drug smugglers; sometimes they take the form of sex offenders and gang members. By keeping these dangerous criminals off our streets, agents are helping to ensure the safety of our children and the security of our communities.”
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.