An anonymous call led to the arrest Tuesday of a convicted sex offender who had been deported but somehow found his way back into the country from Mexico, according to U.S. Border Patrol officials.
The name of offender was not released, but agents said he was one of seven men arrested at a fast food restaurant on Grand Island.
The arrests began with an anonymous call claiming there were up to 20 undocumented immigrants at an address on Long Road and, later, an encounter with two vans containing several occupants, authoriites said in a statement released Thursday.
When the vans pulled into a restaurant on Grand Island Boulevard, agents confronted subjects in one of the vans. Two tried to flee on foot but were caught a short time later at a nearby drug store
Agents said four of the men in the van were questioned and determined to be here illegally. Three other men in the second van also were determined to be undocumented immigrants. They are from Mexico and Honduras.
One of the people in the vans, according to the statement, was determined to be a U.S. citizen and released at the scene. The other men were taken to the Buffalo Border Patrol Station for processing on immigration charges.
Later, two more men were released after one proved to be a lawful permanent resident and the other was found to have legal status as an immigrant who came here as a child.
Agents said the sex offender from Mexico was convicted in 2008 in North Carolina and was deported after his conviction.
On Monday, border patrol agents arrested 23 suspected undocumented immigrants in Hamburg, the result of a random encounter by agents on a routine patrol in the area, according to a spokesman for the agency.
The Hamburg arrests occurred near a 7-Eleven at Southwestern Boulevard and Sowles Road. The suspects in that roundup also were transported to a holding facility, officials said.