U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a previously removed sex offender Monday morning.
The incident occurred at around 7 a.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 18 miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.
Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, later identified as Mauricio Moreno-Garcia, a 26-year-old Mexican national, was convicted of Sexual Lewdness w/Child less than 14 years of age in 2016 out of the state of Nevada. Moreno was sentenced to 24-60 months confinement for his conviction.
Moreno was removed from the United States on January 11, 2018 as an aggravated felon.
Moreno is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
In fiscal year 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed 21 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual assault charges after they entered the United States illegally.