Tucson, Ariz. - A 30-year-old Mexican male, apprehended by Nogales Border Patrol agents in March, was sentenced to 82 months in prison on December 16.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Federico LOPEZ-Torres for attempting to re-enter the United States illegally after his apprehension on March 18, 2011. During processing at the Nogales Station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed that LOPEZ-Torres had a significant criminal record including transportation of illegal immigrants, which resulted in a six month prison sentence. He also had previous convictions for illegal entry and re-entry of an aggravated felon, which resulted in a 28-month prison sentence.
Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of an aggravated felon. Gonzalez will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 82- month incarceration. He is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the United States Attorney General.
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 assisting agents in quickly identifying violent criminals and wanted persons.
The Consequence Delivery System is an integral component of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol's enforcement strategy. CDS is focused on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal immigrants, disrupting the smuggling cycle, and ensuring consequences are upheld to the full extent of the law.
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