Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two Sex Offenders

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Asylum-seeking migrants are detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez

DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector arrested two convicted sex offenders in separate groups shortly after they illegally entered the United States, April 5.

Around noon, Carrizo Springs agents apprehended a group of seven subjects. They were transported to the Eagle Pass South Border Patrol Station for processing. Record checks revealed that one subject, a Guatemalan national, Selvin Danilo Chocooj-Botzoc, was previously convicted of forcible sex abuse in the 3rd degree in Washington, in 2018.

Just before 10 p.m., agents from the Eagle Pass Station encountered a group of 15 migrants near Eagle Pass. During processing, record checks revealed that one subject, a Mexican national, Honorio Santa Maria-Vazquez, was previously convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor, in 2009, in Indiana.

Both migrants have been previously deported.  As convicted felons, they faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – Re-entry after Deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

“Arrests like these highlight the importance of border security and what it means for American citizens,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens. “Border Patrol agents stand between good people and those who would do them harm. No matter the circumstances, they remain dedicated to keeping criminals like these out of the country and out of your communities.”

During fiscal year 2022, Oct. 1, 2021, through Feb. 28, Del Rio Sector agents have encountered more than 660 criminal migrants.

All subjects are processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies.

To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll-free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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