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Border Patrol Apprehends Criminals

Release Date: 
July 29, 2011

Tucson, Ariz. - Earlier this week, two illegal immigrants with serious criminal histories were convicted and received a total of 77 months in federal prison.

On Monday, Eduardo Reyes-Rueda, a 31 year-old male from Toluca, Mexico, was sentenced to 44 months in prison for attempting to re-enter the United States illegally.

The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Reyes after he was apprehended on July 13, 2011, near Nogales, Ariz. During processing at the Nogales Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed that Reyes was convicted on March 19, 2003, in San Mateo County for unlawful sexual intercourse. Record checks also indicated that Reyes was formally removed on November 21, 2007, in Nogales, Ariz.

Following initial processing, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of an aggravated felon. Following his incarceration for 44 months, Reyes will be formally removed from the country.

On Tuesday, Rafael Antonio Arenas-Tirado, a 33 year-old male from Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced to 33 months in prison for attempting to re-enter the United States illegally.

The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Arenas after he was apprehended on February 11, 2011, south of Sells, Ariz. During processing at the Casa Grande Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed that Arenas was convicted on June 24, 2010 for kidnapping in Phoenix, Ariz. Record checks also indicated that Arenas was formally removed on November 26, 2010, in Nogales, Ariz.

Following initial processing, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Re-Entry of an Aggravated Felon. Following his incarceration for 33 months, Arenas will be formally removed from the country.

All illegal immigrant apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, thereby assisting agents in quickly identifying violent criminals and wanted persons.

In January 2011, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol implemented the Consequence Delivery System (CDS) as an integral component of its enforcement strategy. Under CDS, Reyes and Arenas are classified as recidivists with a criminal record. Reyes and Arenas are now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the U.S. Attorney General. CDS centers on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal immigrants and simultaneously seeks to disrupt the smuggling cycle and reduce recidivism rates by ensuring consequences are upheld to the full extent of the law.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona's communities.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017