Tucson, Ariz. - A 38-year-old male from Chilpancingo, Mexico, who was apprehended by Tucson station Border Patrol agents in late January, was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Oct. 20.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Bricio Contreras-Vasquez after his apprehension on
Jan. 21, 2011, for attempting to illegally re-enter the U.S. During processing at the Tucson station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) revealed that Contreras-Vasquez was previously convicted in 2004 in Sacramento, Calif., for lewd acts on a child under 14 using force, violence, duress, menace and threat of great bodily harm.
Records also indicated Contreras-Vasquez was previously deported from the U.S. after serving his six-year sentence. Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. Contreras-Vasquez will be formally removed from the country following his 40-month incarceration.
All illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the U.S., thereby assisting agents to quickly identify violent criminals and wanted persons.
In January 2011, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Joint Field Command-Arizona, implemented the Consequence Delivery System as an integral component of its enforcement strategy. CDS centers on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal immigrants, while simultaneously disrupting the smuggling cycle and reducing recidivism rates by ensuring consequences are upheld to the full extent of the law. Contreras-Vasquez is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the U.S. Attorney General.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.