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Border Patrol Agents Stop Illegal Felons Entering US

Release Date: 
November 6, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Ajo, Douglas and Brian A. Terry Stations recently arrested three Mexican nationals previously convicted and removed from the United States for committing felony crimes.

Ernesto Ventura-Gil, 52, was arrested Thursday afternoon after Ajo Station agents discovered he was illegally present in the United States. Agents conducted a records check on Ventura and learned he was convicted for a felony charge of child cruelty in Fresno, California.

Douglas Station agents arrested Rutilo Morales-Gomez, 42, after he illegal entered the country east of Douglas on Friday. During processing, agents discovered Morales was convicted in London, Ohio, for involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

On Sunday, Brian A. Terry Station agents working in Cochise County arrested Jose Antonio Jose, 57, for being in the U.S. illegally. A subsequent records check revealed he was convicted of a felonious assault in Lunenburg County, Virginia, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

All three men are currently in custody and have been presented on federal felony criminal immigration violations.

All individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021