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Agents arrest burglary suspect and sex offender

November 24, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Tuesday, November 21, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two men during separate encounters and discovered one to be a U.S. citizen wanted in Phoenix for burglary with the other identified as a registered sex offender from Mexico. The first encounter occurred early Tuesday when agents assigned to the Integrated Targeting Team (ITT) in Blythe, California, participated in a vehicle stop.

After agents identified the driver as a U.S. citizen wanted in Phoenix for burglary, they searched his vehicle. They found multiple items including an unloaded Smith and Wesson revolver, checkbooks, credit cards, watches, high-end shoes, and passports belonging to people unknown to the suspect. Agents contacted the Phoenix Police Department who later took custody of the man and the stolen items.

Later in the day, agents assigned to Yuma Station were working near Andrade, California, when they noticed footprints heading north from the international border. Agents followed the tracks until they found Juan Lazaro-Ojeda (age 38) attempting to hide. He was arrested for entering the U.S. illegally and was later identified as an aggravated felon and registered sex offender. He was convicted for “engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child.”

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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