EL PASO, Texas – In recent weeks, the "Se Busca Información" tip-line has yielded significant results, leading to the arrest of four wanted criminals in the ongoing surge of immigration and crime along the Texas border.
Confirming these apprehensions, the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector announced the capture of two individuals targeted under the "Se Busca Información" initiative, alongside two additional wanted suspects. The crimes for which these individuals were sought range from human smuggling to narcotics and weapons trafficking, as well as murder.
The initiative, translating to "Looking for Information" in English, specifically identifies ten individuals associated with Transnational Criminal Organizations, wanted for various crimes under both U.S. and Mexican law enforcement jurisdictions.
Among these arrests was that of Juarez-Hernandez, alias "El Pompin," captured by the Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office. Previously having escaped from a state penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Juarez-Hernandez faced charges for multiple aggravated homicides, kidnapping, criminal association, drug-related offenses, and possession of military-exclusive firearms. He had been a target of interest in the 2021 "Se Busca" campaign.
Another arrest involved Polvon-Torres, a 29-year-old Mexican woman known for migrant smuggling in the El Paso/Las Cruces area. Caught during a vehicle stop in Las Cruces, she confessed to coordinating the recent smuggling of a missing four-year-old child, facing charges of illegal re-entry and smuggling conspiracy in connection with the child.
Additionally, Rivera-Zamora, a 32-year-old from Honduras, was apprehended in Houston, Texas, after a concerned citizen tip. Known for human smuggling and facing pending charges for aggravated assault, Rivera-Zamora was actively using social media to recruit drivers for migrant smuggling across several Texas cities.
Most recently, Venegas-Rodriguez, alias "El Barbas," was arrested in Ciudad Aldama, Chihuahua, following an anonymous tip to the Chihuahua State Investigations Agency. Found in possession of crystal methamphetamine and facing initial charges for aggravated extortion, Venegas-Rodriguez now confronts an expanded list of charges including homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, and narcotics possession/distribution.
The "Se Busca Información" initiative, a joint effort between the United States and Mexico, encourages border residents to anonymously report information on wanted criminals. This collaboration aims to disrupt and displace criminal organizations threatening communities on both sides of the border. Confidential tips can be submitted to law enforcement at 915-314-8194 or through the WhatsApp application, ensuring anonymity and operating round-the-clock via the El Paso Sector Border Patrol call centers.
El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony “Scott” Good emphasized the significance of these recent arrests, underscoring the partnership between the United States and Mexico in law enforcement cooperation. Good highlighted the commitment to enhancing border safety and security and pledged ongoing collaboration with the border community and Mexican counterparts to bring wanted criminals to justice.