TUCSON, Ariz. – In separate incidents Saturday, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended two men, a convicted murderer for hire and a child sex offender, who illegally entered the country over the weekend.
Agents from the Three Points Station apprehended 35-year-old Jose Juana-Zapata near Sells, Arizona. Juana-Zapata, a Guatemalan national, was previously convicted of murder for hire and served three years imprisonment in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania in 2008.
Later that day, agents patrolling near the Port of Douglas arrested the second man, 40-year-old Victor Rodriguez-Galven. Records checks revealed Rodriguez-Galven, a citizen of Mexico, had a criminal history as an aggravated felon and convicted sex offender.
Rodriguez-Galven served 42 months incarceration in Aldean, New York, following convictions for sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child in Kings County, NY. Juana-Zapata and Rodriguez-Galven will remain in federal custody pending prosecution 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.
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.