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Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Habitual Criminal Alien

Release Date: 
April 2, 2018

YUMA, Ariz. – Agents from the Yuma Sector Border Patrol arrested a previously deported Mexican national with an extensive criminal history Sunday evening.

At approximately 7:50 p.m., Yuma Station agents arrested Francisco Solano-Godinez, a 60-year-old Mexican national, along with eight other subjects after they illegally entered the United States near the All American Canal west of the Andrade, California Port of Entry.

Records checks revealed that Solano-Godinez was convicted of driving under the influence, causing bodily injury in 1985 in Visalia, California and was sentenced to one year in prison. Solano-Godinez has additional convictions in California from the 1980s and 1990s which include: theft in Stockton, Calif.; inflicting corporal injury on a spouse in Merced, Calif.; and taking a vehicle without consent in Mount Shasta, Calif.

Throughout the last 25 years, Solano-Godinez has also been prosecuted by Border Patrol and ICE on five occasions for illegal entry and/or re-entry after deportation for which he has spent a cumulative total of 20 years in prison. On each occasion after he served his sentence, he was deported back to Mexico. Solano-Godinez is once again being prosecuted for re-entry after deportation.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows for the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
April 3, 2018