Border Patrol agents arrested two previously deported convicts near the Calexico port of entry this weekend.
Oscar Rodriguez-Espinoza, a 52-year-old Mexican national, was arrested Friday afternoon approximately 22 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry, according to a news release by Border Patrol.
Agents conducted a criminal history screening which revealed that back in 2003, Espinoza was convicted of attempted murder and lewd or lascivious acts with child under 14 in California. Rodriguez was sentenced to 11-years in prison and was removed from the United States on Sept. 11 2012.
Saturday at 2 a.m., about one-half mile east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry, agents encountered another man suspected of illegally entering the country. That man was later identified as Jose Alonso Vazquez-Ramirez, a 27-year-old Mexican national.
According to Border Patrol, a criminal history screening revealed Vazquez-Ramirez was convicted of sex with a minor in 2013 somewhere in California. Vasquez was removed from the country on Sept. 12, 2013.
Both men are being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
“I am proud of the work accomplished by my agents,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ryan J. Scudder, “These two dangerous men are off our streets and are no longer a threat to the members of our community.”
In fiscal year 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol reports that agents have arrested and removed 25 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual assault charges after illegally entering the country.