LAREDO, TEXAS – United States Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector encountered dangerous criminal aliens with prior convictions of violent acts throughout the Laredo area of operations on three consecutive days.
On the morning of November 6, Hebbronville Station agents arrested an individual east of town who was illegally in the United States. He was identified as Ever Moreno-Espinal, a 39 year old El Salvadoran national. Records checks revealed that Moreno-Espinal had been convicted on the charge of Rape of a Child under 17 years of age in October 2019 in Suffolk County, New York. He was sentenced to 10 years’ probation. Moreno-Espinal was held by U.S. Border Patrol pending prosecution of his immigration violations. He will be remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service (USMS).
Moreno-Espinal’s arrest came less than five hours after another criminal alien had been arrested by Border Patrol agents near Hebbronville, Texas who had been previously convicted on Attempted Murder and Weapons charges. Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak stated, “In a span of less than five hours, agents within the Laredo Sector arrested two criminal aliens attempting to illegally enter the U.S. This latest case involves an alien with a prior rape conviction. These arrests highlight the importance of border security and the willingness of criminals to ignore our immigration laws.”
The following morning on November 7, agents from the Laredo South Station arrested an individual in south Laredo after he entered illegally into the country. The individual was identified as Saul Hernandez-Cruz, a 46 year old Mexican national. Records checks on Hernandez-Cruz revealed a January 2016 conviction for Aggravated Sexual Assault of an Elderly or Disabled Person in Dallas, Texas. Hernandez-Cruz received a sentence of six years’ confinement. Records also showed multiple prior deportations from the United States. Hernandez-Cruz was criminally charged by Border Patrol for his immigration violations and remanded to the USMS.
The final arrest occurred on the evening of November 8, when Laredo South agents arrested Jose Alberto Sanchez-Toledo, a 26 year old Mexican national, for entering the country illegally. Records checks on Sanchez-Toledo revealed a prior Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child conviction in Dallas, Texas, in which he received six months’ probation. Records further revealed that a warrant had been issued for Sanchez-Toledo’s arrest for a probation violation stemming from the conviction. Local authorities confirmed the warrant and Sanchez-Toledo was turned over to the Laredo Police Department pending extradition to Dallas County. He will be subsequently prosecuted for his immigration violations.
The incidents reported above show the lack of regard criminal aliens and their smugglers have for the laws of this country. The agents of the Laredo Sector are committed to preventing dangerous criminals such as these from entering our country and endangering the communities in which we live. They will be diligent as they carry out their duties of protecting the American people, safeguarding our borders, and enhancing the Nation’s economic prosperity.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994. If you see something, please say something. You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector.