DEL RIO, TX — Press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

"“Apprehensions like this highlight our border security efforts and the threats our nation faces,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “Our agents are committed to the safety and security of our communities and work tirelessly everyday to prevent dangerous individuals from entering the country.”

On Sept. 23, Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass South Station arrested Mexican national Ramiro Castanon-Arredondo, 28, for illegal entry into the United States. Records checks revealed Castanon-Arredondo was convicted of sexual assault of a minor in Dallas County in 2015 and was removed from the United States in December 2016.

In a separate incident on Sept. 23, agents from the Uvalde Station arrested Honduran national Carlos Garcia-Serrano, 28, for illegal entry into the United States. Records checks revealed Garcia-Serrano was convicted of sex with a minor in Los Angeles in 2011 and was removed from the United States in February 2013.

Castanon-Arredondo and Garcia-Serrano both face prosecution for 8 USC § 1326 – Illegal Reentry After Removal, 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.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.