EAGLE PASS - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station and the Uvalde Station arrested two convicted sex offenders in separate incidents last week.
“These arrests are a testament to the vital role that the men and women of the Del Rio Sector have in safeguarding our nation’s borders and protecting communities away from the border,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak.
On Sept. 27, Eagle Pass agents arrested Mexican national Leonicio Montano-Gomez, 47, after he illegally entered the United States. Records checks revealed he has an extensive criminal history including a conviction for second-degree rape in Multnomah County, Oregon, in 1993 where he was sentenced to 24 months incarceration.
On Sept. 28, Uvalde Station agents arrested Salvadoran national Jose Arturo Contreras-Figueroa, 45, for illegally entering the United States. Records checks revealed he was convicted of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13 years of age in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2015 and was sentenced to five years incarceration.
Since both subjects are convicted felons who were previously removed from the United States, they face a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – re-entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
All individuals arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure those with criminal history or gang affiliation are positively identified.