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El Centro Border Patrol stops convicted criminals from re-entering the country

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Convicted sex offender Daniel Teofilo-Ramirez
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Convicted gang member Salvador Mercado-Mendez

Convicted rapist and gang member apprehended at border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents prevented two convicted criminals from re-entering the U.S. on Tuesday.

The first arrest happened around 2:30 about seven-miles east of the Calexico Downtown port of entry. Agents say they saw 41-year-old Daniel Teofilo-Ramirez illegally cross the border.

Convicted sex offender Daniel Teofilo-Ramirez

A record check revealed a jury in Los Angeles convicted Ramirez of rape in 2002. He was deported after service nine-months in jail.

Later in the day, agents arrested a second man they say was trying to cross the border about 12-miles west of the Calexico port.

Convicted gang member Salvador Mercado-Mendez

That man turned out to be 38-year-old Salvador Mercado-Mendez. Mendez served ten-years in prison for gang violence. Agents say he's been deported several times, most recently in July 2018.

Agents are holding both men pending prosecution.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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