TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a Mexican national Wednesday morning for illegally entering the United States and later discovered he was convicted for multiple aggravated felonies in the state of Washington, including rape of a child.
While processing Fernando Lopez-Delacruz, 42, Nogales Station agents conducted a records check and learned he was convicted in Adams County of first degree rape, attempted second degree rape of a child. He was sentenced to 71 months in prison.
Lopez is being held in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.