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U.S. Border Patrol Agents arrest convicted murderer, sex offender over weekend

The arrests were made on Sunday, Jan. 10 by Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Uvalde and Del Rio stations.
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A patch on the uniform of a U.S. Border Patrol agent at a highway checkpoint on August 1, 2018 in West Enfield, Maine.

TEXAS, USA — A convicted murder and a sex offender were arrested on the same day by the United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector.

According to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the arrests were made on Sunday, Jan. 10.

“We continue to encounter dangerous criminals attempting to avoid apprehension through illegal entry,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said. “With the safety of our communities a top priority, our agents work around the clock to detect, arrest, and prosecute anyone attempting to illegally enter the United States.”

Agents assigned to the Uvalde Station arrested a citizen of El Salvador identified as Edgardo Aparicio-Cortez, 55. Aparicio-Cortez was arrested shortly after entering the United States illegally, according to the release.

While processing Aparaicio-Cortez, agents discovered he was convicted of first-degree murder in 1991 in Los Angeles, Ca. and was sentenced to 17 years to life in jail, as well as most recently deported from the United States in 2020.

The same day, agents assigned to the Del Rio Station arrested a citizen of Mexico, identified as Pedro Sanchez-Valladares. Sanchez-Valladares was arrested shortly after entering the United States illegally, according to the release.

While processing Sanchez-Valladares agents discovered he was convicted of indecent liberties with a child in 2007 in North Carolina and was sentenced to 36 months probation, as well as most recently deported from the United States in 2016.

As convicted felons, each faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – Re-entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20  years in prison, the release said.

To report suspicious activity contact the Del Rio Sector's toll-free number at 1-866-511-8727 or follow the U.S. Border Patro Del Rio Sector on its social media accounts.