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Border Patrol Arrests Previously Deported Kidnapper

Release Date: 
January 14, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported illegal alien with a felony criminal record after he reentered the United States illegally.


Tucson Sector agents patrolling west of Sells, Arizona, encountered Jose Martinez-Meza. During processing, agents discovered the 31-year-old Mexican national had been convicted of kidnapping by Maricopa County, Arizona, on March 11, 2010. A crime for which he was sentenced to five years confinement.


Martinez-Meza is being held in federal custody, pending federal immigration charges. 


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.


For more details regarding this news release, contact the Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office at or by phone at 520-748-3210. Tucson Sector is also LiveU capable. Contact us to schedule an interview.


Martinez-Meza, a felon, previously convicted for kidnapping, was arrested by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents near Sells, Arizona January 13, 2020.

Last modified: 
January 14, 2020