Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station apprehended an illegal alien from Mexico late Tuesday. When the individual was processed using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, records showed that he had an outstanding warrant for homicide.
The man was identified as Guzman Badilla-Corona, a wanted fugitive featured on "America's Most Wanted." He was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to face his charges.
"Border Patrol Agents are faced with potentially violent people every day," said Nogales Patrol Agent in Charge Alan F. White. "Agents have no way of knowing the type of people they have arrested until they can run records checks on them. By using technology like IAFIS we can identify those criminal aliens who are suspected of committing crimes in our country, especially high profile ones, such as Badilla-Corona."
Individuals that exhibit violent criminal behavior, such as murderers, rapists, and gang members, are among criminal aliens attempting to illegally enter the United States every day. Border Patrol agents remain determined in their efforts to secure or nation's borders from all threats to keep our communities safe nationwide.
IAFIS technology has been a valuable tool in assisting the Border Patrol in identifying criminal aliens. IAFIS is a national fingerprint and criminal history system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This system provides automated fingerprint search capabilities, electronic image storage, and electronic exchange of fingerprints and responses around the clock.
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.