Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican smuggler just 8 days after he was released from prison
Border Patrol agents arrested a smuggler on Saturday — just eight days after he finished serving a federal prison sentence.
Agents arrested a Mexican citizen named Alex Abraham Ocon-Rivas near Peñitas on Saturday, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons had just released Ocon on Dec. 1, when he finished serving a 15-month sentence for assaulting Border Patrol agents. He was deported the same day.
"The Defendant claims to have illegally entered the United States on December 09, 2017, near Peñitas, Texas," according to the criminal complaint. "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on December 1, 2017, through Del Rio, Texas."
He's now charged with illegal re-entry.
Court records don't list an attorney for Ocon, who remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.
Ocon originally went to prison after an incident on Oct. 31, 2016, in Kleberg County.
At midnight, agents received a call about "a suspected smuggling attempt where the Brush Guide was observed wearing what was believed to be night vision goggles," according to the criminal complaint from the 2016 incident.
When agents found the group, they witnessed a man wearing camouflage clothing walking behind everyone else, sweeping away any footprints.
"This is a common tactic of experienced criminal Brush Guides to wear these types of clothing and erase their foot sign in an attempt to evade detection by Border Patrol Agents," according to the criminal complaint from the 2016 incident.
When agents attempted to arrest him, Ocon assaulted them. It took three agents to subdue him.
Ocon pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting a federal employee, according to federal court records.
U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Ocon to 15 months in prison on each count, which he served concurrently.