TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona apprehended a group of 29 illegal aliens, including a convicted felon, near the international border with Mexico Tuesday night.
Tucson Sector agents observed the group about 8 miles north of the border in the Mesquite Mountains, located on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. In the ensuing encounter, agents arrested one Honduran, three Guatemalan, and 25 Mexican nationals, all illegally present in the United States. The group, all males, ranged in age from 15 to 41.
Records checks revealed one of the Mexican men, 31-year-old Carlos Lopez-Vazquez, was a previously removed aggravated felon. He was convicted of reckless homicide in Marion County, Indiana, in 2010 and sentenced to four years of confinement for his crime.
Lopez now faces federal immigration charges. The rest of the group was expelled from the country under Title 42 authority.
All people apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.
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