Las Cruces, N.M. –A suspected criminal alien from Guatemala was apprehended yesterday in a rural area near the CBP U.S. Border Patrol traffic checkpoint on I-25 outside of Las Cruces, N.M. by agents riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
The arrest was made on July 2, when ATV units from the Las Cruces Border Patrol Station encountered a male subject walking along the railroad tracks, who admitted to being in the U.S. illegally. After his arrest, his biometric information was submitted into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), which revealed that 36-year-old Erwin Flores was a Guatemalan Citizen who had a positive, extraditable felony warrant for robbery out of Los Angeles, Calif. In addition, records showed that Flores was previously deported from the U.S.
Flores is currently being detained at the Dona Ana County, N.M. Detention Center pending extradition to California. He will also be prosecuted for his illegal re-entry and ultimately removed from the U.S.
Agents suspect that the Guatemalan National was attempting to circumvent checkpoint operations on I-25 and Highway 185 during the time of his apprehension and arrest.
This apprehension is the latest testament to the vigilance and hard work by the men and women of the El Paso Sector Border Patrol. The arrest also showcases the collaborate efforts with other law enforcement agencies in the area to sustain the quality of life in our communities by keeping known criminals off our streets.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.