TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two convicted sex offenders in separate incidents this week.
Tuesday evening, Casa Grande Station agents encountered and arrested 34-year-old Mario Bergochea-Ayala, from Mexico, after he illegally entered the U.S. east of Lukeville. During processing, agents discovered he was convicted in 2005 of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in Downey, California. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
On Wednesday morning, agents from the Nogales Station arrested another Mexican national, 37-year-old Roberto Quezada-Meza, near Amado. Agents learned he was convicted in 2002 of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14 in Madera, California and was sentenced to 180 days in jail for his crime.
Both subjects will be processed for criminal immigration violations.
All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the U.S. 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.