Tucson, Ariz. - Four criminals from Mexico were apprehended by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents in separate incidents during the past week.
Last weekend, Border Patrol agents arrested an 18-year-old Mexican national who admitted to being a Sureno 13 gang member during an interview at the Naco Border Patrol station. The individual faces removal for illegally entering the United States.
In separate incidents, Casa Grande agents apprehended a member of the MS-13 gang who, according to immigration records, was deported under a removal order in 2006 from Atlanta. He now faces prosecution for illegal re-entry. The second individual, a male Mexican national, was identified as having an active felony warrant for a controlled substance trafficking charge in Las Vegas. He was turned over to Pima County Sheriff's Deputies for extradition.
Yesterday, Ajo Station agents apprehended a group of illegal aliens north of Blankenship, Ariz. During processing, one male Mexican national admitted to being a Sureno gang member. Criminal history checks revealed several convictions including Carrying a Loaded Firearm and being Illegally Present in the United States. He now faces formal removal proceedings for illegal re-entry.
The Border Patrol strives to keep dangerous individuals from reaching local communities. All individuals appended undergo a criminal history check using the Integrated Automated Fingerprints Identification System, allowing agents to quickly identify and classify violent criminals and wanted persons.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (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.