NEW MEXICO – U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to New Mexico Stations in the El Paso Sector seized almost $183,000 in marijuana, recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a convicted child molester over the weekend period.
Late Friday night, agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces were alerted to a possible stolen vehicle. The Agent referred the U.S Citizen driver, Eduardo Perez, 24 and his U.S. Citizen passenger, Luis Gordon Dominguez, 21, to secondary inspection.
A records checks revealed that the 2011 Nissan Titan truck that the subjects were in was reported stolen from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. New Mexico State Police took custody of both individuals in addition to the truck.
Then on Sunday morning, Lordsburg Agents using night vision technology near the Arizona border located and detained three subjects carrying large backpacks. The backpacks contained 145 pounds of marijuana valued at $116, 240.
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[/lightbox]The three were identified as: 24-year-old Tomas Silva-Flaco of Mexico, 18-year-old Vidal Gonzalez-Armendaris of Mexico, and 22-year-old Oracio Ramos-Palmas of Mexico. Each of the men freely admitted to their Mexican nationality.
The marijuana and the subjects were taken to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station pending prosecution by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Later that same day, Santa Teresa Agents apprehended eight subjects who entered illegally into the United States in the desert area near Sunland Park, New Mexico.
One of the subjects was positively identified using the IAFIS/IDENT fingerprint system as 44-year-old Sergio Reyes-Alvares of Mexico. Reyes-Alvares had an extensive criminal history which included a conviction for a “Lewd and Lascivious Act with–a- Child in March 2012. he also had a prior deportation from the United States.
USBP official say Reyes-Alvares was booked into the Otero County Detention Center pending criminal charges for his illegal re-entry into the U.S.