TUCSON, Ariz. – An Italian man identified as Salvatore Marciante, 56, was apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Nogales on Jan. 21 for being illegally present in the United States.
Criminal and immigration checks revealed that Marciante previously resided in Staten Island, New York and was deported from the United States in 2004 after serving time for involvement in drug related criminal activity.
Marciante is being prosecuted for illegal re-entry of a felon, as per Tucson Sector guidelines.
Federal law allows the Border Patrol to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.
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.