A sex offender and an alleged prison gang member were among undocumented immigrants arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in the El Paso region during the weekend, officials said Monday.
Juan Antonio Martinez Dominguez, 46, of Mexico, was one of 12 immigrants agents found hiding in the brush shortly after midnight Saturday near Tornillo after agents followed footprints from the banks of the Rio Grande, officials said.
Martinez had been previously arrested on a sexual battery charge by Oklahoma City police and served two years in jail before he was deported in December 2015, Border Patrol officials said.
On Saturday night, agents arrested Miguel Angel Perez Mendez, 37, who was in a group that had just crossed the border near Santa Teresa. Perez has several convictions, including fondling of a child, aggravated assault and drug possession, officials said.
Also on Saturday night, an alleged member of a prison gang was among six undocumented immigrants arrested by agents on horseback near Lordsburg.
Jorge Toledo Villanueva, 31, had been deported to Mexico last year after serving a four-year prison sentence in Michigan in a cocaine case, officials said.
*It should be noted that for every one illegal alien caught by Border Patrol (BP) agents, between 20 and 40 get away, according to various estimates by former and active BP agents.