DOUGLAS, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office apprehended an imposter yesterday who also turned out to be a convicted and registered sex offender from Florida.
A 31-year-old Mexican national attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane at the Douglas Port, but when the man presented his documents, officers suspected he was an imposter and referred him for additional questioning.
A routine records check revealed the subject's true identity as an individual who had previously been deported following a conviction for Lewd and Lascivious Battery for which he served a two-year prison sentence in Clearwater, Fla. The subject was immediately taken into custody, processed, and is currently being detained pending prosecution.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.