Conexión Del Rio/ Staff report

DEL RIO – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station arrested two previously deported men who illegally entered the U.S., in separate incidents.

“Dangerous individuals continually attempt to infiltrate the United States to engage in criminal activity,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are this country’s first line of defense against these threats.”

The first incident occurred on Nov. 26, when agents arrested Oscar Armando Mercado-Roque, 34, El Salvador. During processing, agents learned that he was convicted in June 2008, for involuntary vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in Prince William County, Virginia. Mercado-Roque was removed from the United States in February 2015 after serving six years of a 10-year sentence. Mercado-Roque faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – re-entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of two-years in prison. 

The second incident occurred on Nov. 28, when agents arrested Jose Abilio Carballo-Parada, a 49-year-old from El Salvador. Record checks showed that Carballo-Parada is a confirmed MS-13 gang member with multiple deportations and an extensive criminal history including a drug trafficking conviction. Carballo-Parada was most recently removed from the United States in June of this year. He faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – re-entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of two-years in prison.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state, and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.