Border Patrol agents arrested two convicted murderers present in the United States illegally, the agency announced.
The apprehensions of the men occurred during separate incidents in Texas, just three days apart.
Both were identified as Mexican nationals with violent criminal histories.
“Wednesday, agents from the McAllen station arrested a Mexican national, later identified as Jose Mendez-Hernandez near Havana, Texas, as he entered the United States illegally,” Customs and Border Protection explained in a press release. “Record checks revealed, a prior arrest and conviction for murder by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office. Mendez-Hernandez received a sentenced of more than 20 years in prison for the murder charge.”
“Saturday morning, McAllen agents apprehended Jaime Cantu-Leal, a Mexican national, near Mission, Texas. Record checks revealed that Cantu-Leal was arrested by the McAllen Police Department in 1994 for murder. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 18 years confinement.”
Border Patrol agents in @CBPRGV, TX arrested 2 convicted murderers in separate events in recent days. One w/ a conviction out of San Diego County, CA, & the other out of McAllen, TX.
We’re here to keep dangerous people from entering the community.
— USBPChief (@USBPChief) November 19, 2019
Other recent Border Patrol actions of note include the interception of multiple tractor-trailers trafficking 56 illegal aliens at border checkpoints in Texas.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents disrupted 2 separate tractor trailer human smuggling attempts at checkpoints north of Laredo, arresting a total of 56 illegal aliens. Details via @CBPSouthTexas: https://t.co/2A2cF1xyWq pic.twitter.com/bGRPIRjO7t
— CBP (@CBP) November 19, 2019
On Nov. 8th, agents at the Interstate 35 checkpoint discovered 29 individuals from Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador concealed in a trailer.
On Nov. 12th, an detection canine at the Highway 83 checkpoint near Laredo alerted agents to the presence of 27 individuals from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras hidden inside a trailer.
The trucks were seized by Border Patrol and the drivers and illegal aliens were placed under arrest.
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