Border agents arrest more MS-13 gang members, sex offenders trying to illegally enter US

US-Mexico border drug trade led by American smugglers

The U.S.-Mexico border has been closed since March 2020 because of the pandemic and it’s not known when it will reopen. However, it’s forcing cartels to change their drug trafficking tactics as they’re now recruiting American’s to do the job.

Border Patrol agents recently apprehended a number of convicted sex offenders and Mara-Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang members, as criminals continue to try to enter the U.S. in the ongoing migrant surge across the southern border.

Agents in Kingsville, Texas, last week arrested an MS-13 gang member attempting to hide in a vehicle. A routine check discovered he had been arrested in South Carolina in 2007 for conspiracy to commit murder and aid racketeering, for which he was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

More than 180,000 migrant encounters took place in May alone, and it is unclear how many have managed to go undetected by overwhelmed agents. Agents have previously told Fox News that smugglers will dump unaccompanied children in one area, so adults can sneak past busy agents in another — including through incomplete parts of the border wall.

This week, agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested two sex offenders with convictions of crimes against children. One, apprehended in Roma, Texas, on Monday, was a Peruvian national arrested for multiple accounts of sexual abuse of a child. He was convicted in 2015 of felony rape of a child under 16 years, and was sentenced to six to 14 years in jail, and was deported in 2020.

On Tuesday agents in Brownsville, Texas, arrested a 44-year-old Mexican who had been arrested in 2014 for aggravated assault of a child. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of indecency with a child and sentenced to five years before being deported in 2018.

Also on Tuesday, Border agents in Yuma, Arizona, arrested a Mexican sex offender as he entered the U.S. Routine checks revealed he had a conviction for indecency with a child in El Paso, for which he was sentenced to two years in prison.

In May, Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector in Texas arrested 10 convicted sex offenders in a single week as they tried to get into the U.S. illegally. The sector later announced that it had seen a 3,166% increase in arrests of convicted sex offenders compared to the same time frame last fiscal year.

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