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Zetas cartel hitman busted sneaking across U.S. border

July 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Zetas cartel hitman busted sneaking across U.S. border

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US Border Patrol agents intercepted several dangerous criminal gang members and a member of the Los Zetas cartel illegally sneaking across the border from Mexico last week.

According to a US Customs and Border Protection press release, agents designated in the Rio Grande Valley area prevented a two dangerous child sex offenders, MS-13 and 18th Street gang members, along with a convicted killer who is a reputed hitman for the Zetas cartel after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Texas last weekend.

Agents in the Del Rio Sector arrested another MS-13 member, and Tucson Sector agents apprehended a rapist who was previously deported as he tried to re-enter the U.S.

Additionally, agents working at the Weslaco Station busted a Honduran male near Edinburg, Texas, on July 5th. During a biometric background check, the agents discovered the man had been deported from the U.S. after he was convicted for sexually assaulting a child, Breitbart Texas reported.

At roughly the same time, other Weslaco Station agents arrested a Salvadoran citizen near Hidalgo, Texas. The man expressed his fear that he would be deported back to El Salvador. While he was being processed, agents learned that he is a member of the ultraviolent MS-13 gang.

The next day, a Mexican man was taken into custody near the border town of Rio Grande City while he was trying to enter the United States illegally.

A background inspection indicated that he was previously convicted for having sex with a minor. He was sentenced to only 100 days behind bars and he was put on probation for 36 months. The man was subsequently deported.

Later that day, agents working at the Eagle Pass Station arrested a 35-year-old man from Honduras after he illegally crossed the Rio Grande River into Texas. While being processed, investigators learned that he was also a member the MS-13 gang which is responsible for a surge of violence across the U.S.

“This arrest serves to remind us of the unknown factors our agents face on a daily basis. Some illegal aliens are dangerous criminals,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez announced in a statement.

On Saturday, agents at the Kingsville Station agents apprehended a Salvadoran man as he tried to avoid the Sarita checkpoint on U.S. Highway 77. Agents carried out a background and records, which indicated that he is a member of MS-13.

On Sunday, Weslaco Station agents arrested a Mexican citizen near the town of Progreso. Agents learned the man is a member of the ruthless Los Zetas drug cartel who had previously been sentenced to 3 years behind bars for murder.

Kingsville Station agents then detained a large group of undocumented migrants attempting to circumvent the Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint that same day.

As the agents booked the 15 individuals, they learned that one of the suspects, a Mexican citizen, is an 18th Street Gang member.

During this period, Tucson Sector agents at the Nogales Station busted a 30-year-old Mexican national and learned that a court in Richmond County, New York, previously convicted the man, Anthony Diaz-Garcia, on a third-degree rape charge.

The man spent six months in prison in New York before immigration officers deported him. Authorities said Diaz would remain in federal custody until he is prosecuted for aggravated re-entry after deportation as a sex offender. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in a federal lockup.

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