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Convicted Felon Arrested by Border Patrol

Release Date: 
January 27, 2012

TUCSON, ARIZ.—A 44-year-old Mexican male from Nueva Italia, Michoacan, Mexico, was apprehended by Sonoita Station Border Patrol agents in March 2011, and was sentenced on January 18, 2012, to 77 months in prison.

Jose Luis Zavala-Vasquez received 77-month prison term for felon re-entry, followed by formal removal from the U.S.   Zavala-Vasquez is banned for life from all U.S. legalization processes.

Jose Luis Zavala-Vasquez received 77-month prison term for felon re-entry, followed by formal removal from the U.S. Zavala-Vasquez is banned for life from all U.S. legalization processes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Jose Luis Zavala-Vasquez following his March apprehension for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Sonoita Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed that Zavala-Vasquez was convicted in 2003 in Florida for assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to a year in prison. Record checks also revealed he was removed from the U.S. through San Ysidro, Calif.

Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. He will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 77-month incarceration and is now banned for life from all legalization processes.

All illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, thereby enabling agents to quickly identify violent criminals and wanted persons.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol at (877) 872-7435 toll free.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017