TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents from the Ajo station apprehended a Mexican national Thursday afternoon for illegally entering the United States and later discovered he had been convicted of a felony sex offense.
While processing 29-year-old Raul Cano-Garcia, agents conducted a records check and learned he had been convicted in Fresno, California for Lewd and Lascivious Acts with Child Under the age of 14. Cano had been sentenced to three years in prison.
Cano is being held in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations.
All individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
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.