Edinburg, TX – An illegal immigrant who was deported back to Honduras after being convicted of homicide in Florida was caught sneaking back into the U.S. again on Monday.
The convicted murderer was one of 24 arrests U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol agents made in conjunction with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers during multiple operations on Sept. 27, according to a CBP press release.
The illegal immigrant and five others were apprehended together by McAllen Border Patrol Station agents south of Mission.
While they were conducting records checks on the members of the group, they discovered the man was previously convicted for homicide in Miami, Florida, according to the press release.
He had been sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of probation, and was subsequently deported, the CBP said.
It is unclear how many times the convicted killer has entered the U.S. illegally.
Additional arrests occurred later in the day after DPS troopers asked agents from the CBP Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station to assist them near Rio Grande City, after a carload of people took off on foot during a traffic stop, according to the press release.
The officers arrested five people, including the driver, who was subsequently arrested on charges of smuggling people and evading arrest.
Information gathered during the investigation led the troopers, agents and officers with the Rio Grande City Police Department (RGCPD) to a “suspected migrant stash house” located in Rio Grande City, according to the CBP.
Seven more illegal immigrants were apprehended there.
RGV #USBP agents thwart three human smuggling attempts that led to the arrest of a Honduran national convicted of homicide in Miami, FL.
Identifying dangerous criminals is crucial to #bordersecurity
— Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) September 28, 2021
Agents at the Weslaco Border Patrol Station responded to another call for assistance from troopers after another “migrant stash house” location was discovered in Pharr, according to the press release.
A total of 12 illegal immigrants from Ecuador, Peru, Central America, and Mexico were arrested at that location, as well as a person charged with smuggling and being the caretaker of the stash house.
CBP agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) have arrested over 150 gang members so far this fiscal year, according to the press release.
They’ve also discovered over 440 stash houses during the same period.