DUNKIRK, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Buffalo Border Patrol Station recently arrested a permanent resident with an extensive criminal record.
Agents received information on September 28, regarding a vehicle involved in possible illegal activity in the town of Dunkirk, N.Y. The information, along with the assist of a CBP Air and Marine helicopter, led agents to a white Dodge van heading east on NY State Route 5. Agents confirmed a positive match of the vehicle and conducted a vehicle stop.
During the encounter with agents, which included a driver and nine passengers, two passengers were determined to be citizens of Mexico, and one passenger was determined to be a citizen of Nicaragua. The three passengers were not in possession of any immigration documents. The three subjects were arrested and transported to the Buffalo Border Patrol Station for further processing. The other six occupants were determined to be U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico and released.
Record checks revealed that Jose Razo-Villafana, a permanent resident of the U.S., had a lengthy criminal record including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Collier County, Fla. Razo-Villafana was detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia pending court appearance. The other two individuals were processed, released with documentation, and instructed to contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“This arrest showcases the efforts of the men and women of the Buffalo Border Patrol Station. Apprehending and removing criminals from our communities allows us a safer place to live, “said Buffalo Border Patrol Station Patrol-Agent-In-Charge Jeff Wilson.
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.