BREWSTER COUNTY -- Alpine Border Patrol Agents have apprehended a Mexican citizen and convicted murderer who was in the United States illegally.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Big Bend Sector, the 54-year-old man was found and apprehended during an immigration inspection at a checkpoint on Highway 385 near Marathon.
CBP states that the man entered the country on June 24 through Presidio with his 14-year-old son, who is a U.S. citizen. He then drove to the Big Bend National Park and north to Marathon where he was eventually stopped.
At the checkpoint the man presented a fraudulent Permanent Resident Card and was arrested after agents discovered he was in the country illegally.
The man had previously been arrested on November 11, 1985 by the Ward County Sheriff's Office in Monahans and was charged with Murder.
He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime and was removed to Mexico after serving his sentence.
According to CBP, the man entered the United States illegally that time and again on June 5, 2010. He was removed after being found both times.
“Our communities may be a little bit safer since this person was taken off the streets,” Big Bend Sector Chief Jesse Shaw said in a release. “It’s just another example of the value of having trained U.S. Border Patrol agents along our nation’s borders to help make our country more secure.”