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Border Patrol agents arrest a convicted murderer, and sex offender.

On Tuesday, Harlingen agents working near Norias, Texas, arrested a Salvadoran national after they discovered him traversing through the brush on Kenedy county ranchlands. During processing, record checks revealed Alvaro Humberto ALEMAN-Merlos had been arrested multiple times in California including once for murder in the first degree. A judge subsequently sentenced him to 25 years to life. Additionally, he has various robbery and burglary felony convictions that occurred in Los Angeles.

This morning, McAllen agents working near Hidalgo, Texas, arrested seven foreign nationals who were found to have illegally entered the United States. During processing, record checks for a Honduran male, later identified as Jose VILLATORO-Simon revealed a previous arrest by the Fairfax Police Department for aggravated sexual battery/victim incapacitated. A judge found VILLATORO-Simon guilty of the crime and sentenced him to four years imprisonment.

Border Patrol processed both men accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona apprehended a group of 29 illegal aliens, including a convicted felon¸ near the international border with Mexico Tuesday night.

Tucson Sector agents observed the group about 8 miles north of the border in the Mesquite Mountains, located on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. In the ensuing encounter, agents arrested one Honduran, three Guatemalan, and 25 Mexican nationals, all illegally present in the United States. The group, all males, ranged in age from 15 to 41.

Records checks revealed one of the Mexican men, 31-year-old Carlos Lopez-Vazquez, was a previously removed aggravated felon. He was convicted of reckless homicide in Marion County, Indiana, in 2010 and sentenced to four years of confinement for his crime.

Lopez now faces federal immigration charges. The rest of the group was expelled from the country under Title 42 authority.

All people apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.