TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national Wednesday wanted by the government of Mexico for armed robbery.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. on May 8, Nogales station agents observed a group of individuals cross the international border. Agents tracked their footprints into the mountains east of Nogales. With assistance from a Border Patrol canine team and a CBP Air and Marine helicopter, agents apprehended eight men who admitted to being Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S.
The group was transported to the Nogales Border Patrol station for processing where the Foreign Operations Branch, a Tucson sector program designed to identify wanted felons in Mexico, revealed that one of the men in the group, Gabriel Roberto Valenzuela Estrada, had an outstanding felony warrant in Mexico for armed robbery of a business in Sonora, Mexico.
Valenzuela Estrada was turned over to federal Mexican authorities Thursday to face charges. The expedited return of Valenzuela Estrada is an example of the bi-lateral communication and cooperation shared between the United States and government of Mexico.
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