Tucson, Ariz. - A 33-year-old male from Plan Grande, Guerrero, Mexico, apprehended by Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents in February 2012, was sentenced June 14 to 41 months of confinement.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Manuel Salmeron Manzanarez (aka Manuel Salmeron Manzanarez-Hernandez), previously convicted on felony charges for illegally re-entering the United States. During processing in February, agents using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) learned Salmeron Manzanarez had a prior conviction for Unlawful Driving or Taking of a Vehicle in 2000. Record checks also revealed he was convicted in 2007 for Inflicting Corporal Injury on Spouse or Co-habitant-both convictions out of Santa Barbara County, California.
Following the Border Patrol's initial processing, the case was submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution. Salmeron Manzanarez will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 41-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.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol is committed to ensuring America's borders remain safe, and that dangerous individuals are prevented from making it further into the interior of the United States and into our communities.
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.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol at 1-877-872-7435 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.