Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended an undocumented alien that was attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. Through investigation, CBP officers learned that the undocumented alien was an aggravated felon for the possession and the selling of dangerous drugs and the hiring of a minor in the drug offense.
On May 31 at about 12:30 p.m., CBP officers were screening travelers in the southbound lane that directs traffic from the U.S. into Mexico. The officers noticed a man who had jumped out of an adjacent canal into the southbound lane and who was attempting to go north into the U.S. The CBP officers apprehended the man.
The man was identified as a 31-year-old Mexican national and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. The man had no legal documents that would allow him to make a lawful entry into the U.S. Further investigation by the CBP officers revealed that the man was an aggravated felon who had a prior arrest for the possession and selling of dangerous drugs and hiring and using a minor in the drug offense. It was also discovered that the man had been formally deported from the U.S. due to his criminal record.
CBP officers took custody of the man. The man was arrested and charged with re-entry after deportation and was taken before a federal magistrate.
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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.