TUCSON, Ariz. –Ajo Station Border Patrol agents encountered and arrested three male Mexican nationals who entered the United States illegally southwest of Ajo Saturday night, one of whom was later identified as a Sureño gang member.
Record checks conducted during processing revealed an extensive criminal history of 29-year-old Eduardo Sanchez-Villa, a confirmed member of the Sureño gang.
Sanchez was sentenced to three years’ incarceration in 2008 for assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a criminal gang in Santa Barbara County, California.
Sanchez will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations and could face additional prosecution for re-entering the U.S. as a previously-deported felon. The other two Mexican nationals will be processed for immigration violations.
All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.