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Sex offender, smuggling at sea intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego

Posted: 4:29 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 19:29:46-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego-based U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a sex offender and stopped smuggling at sea over the holiday weekend, Customs and Border Patrol officials announced Thursday.

Agents spotted a man in East San Diego County about six miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border at 12:30 a.m. on July 6. The 53-year-old Honduran national did not have any documents verifying his residency, officials said.

Agents took the unidentified Honduran man to a station for processing. They discovered he had been convicted of sexually assaulting a child and sentenced to prison in New Hampshire in 2008, according to the CBP. The man will be processed for illegal re-entry after removal, officials said.

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter made the second significant arrest of the holiday weekend, officials said.

The crew intercepted a boat off Point Loma the evening of July 7. Although it appeared to have one person on board, Coast Guard crew members found an additional 12 people suspected of trying to enter the U.S. illegally, officials reported.

The group taken into custody included nine men and two women from Mexico, and a Salvadoran man and woman.

Border Patrol Agents also arrested 530 people who tried to cross the border illegally over the long weekend.