U.S.Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a sex offender Friday evening.
The incident occurred at around 8 p.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.
Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man was identified as Jose Raul Nicolas-Jimenez, a 27-year-old Mexican national, who was convicted of Indecent Exposure in 2014 out of Orange County. Nicolas was sentenced to 24 months confinement for his conviction.
Nicolas is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
In fiscal year 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested and removed 22 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual assault charges after they entered the United States illegally. Nicolas is the first sex offender apprehended in fiscal year 2020.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.