Tucson, Ariz. - A 29-year-old male from Durango, Mexico, apprehended by Naco Station Border Patrol agents in October near Naco, Ariz., was sentenced to 33 months of confinement on April 3, 2012.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Jesus Ivan Rodriguez-Nevarez following his 2011 apprehension for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Naco Station, agents using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) learned Rodriguez-Nevarez was convicted in Maricopa County, Ariz., in 2006 for leading and inciting participation in criminal street gang activity to include participation in a drive-by shooting & aggravated assault.
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. Rodriguez-Nevarez will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 33-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.
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.