Casa Grande Agents Arrest Sex Offender
TUCSON, Ariz. – Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents apprehended 10 male illegal aliens Thursday morning northeast of Lukeville for entering the U.S. illegally and later identified one of the subjects as a previously-deported, registered sex offender.
After a tracking operation resulted in the group’s apprehension in the desert near Papago Farms, west of Tucson, agents transported the subjects to the Casa Grande Station for processing. Agents learned during processing that Elmin Amaya-Lopez, a 34-year-old Honduran national, was a convicted sex offender. He had been deported from the U.S. in 2014 after a sexual assault conviction in Stamford, Connecticut.
Amaya is the second previously deported sex offender arrested by Casa Grande in the last 24 hours. He now faces prosecution for immigration violations, including re-entry as a felon.
The other nine persons arrested will be processed for immigration violations.
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.