Tucson, Ariz. - A 33-year-old male from Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico, apprehended by Customs and Border Protection Ajo Station U.S. Border Patrol agents in June 2011 near Why, Ariz., was sentenced to 57 months of confinement on April 9.
The U.S. Attorney's office prosecuted Victor Reyes-Ramos following his 2011 apprehension for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Ajo Station, agents using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System learned Reyes-Ramos was convicted in Los Angeles County, California, in 1994 for carjacking and possession and sale of cocaine. In 1998, Reyes-Ramos was convicted of taking a vehicle without the owner's consent in Los Angeles County. Record checks also revealed, Reyes-Ramos had a prior conviction for 8 USC 1326(b)(2) Alien Smuggling in 1999 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Following the Border Patrol's initial processing, the case was submitted to the U.S. Attorney's office for re-entry of an aggravated felon. Reyes-Ramos will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 57-month incarceration and is now banned for life from any legalization process.
All illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, enabling agents to quickly identify violent criminals and wanted persons.
As part of a targeted enforcement strategy, the Tucson Sector places individuals into impact programs designed to influence their decision not to commit a subsequent illegal entry. One impact program involves individuals with prior criminal convictions being prosecuted in federal court.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol at (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.