TUCSON, Ariz. – A Mexican prison escapee from Sonora, Mexico has been found and arrested in the United States by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Douglas Station Thursday. He was deported and handed over to Mexican authorities today.
Agents patrolling east of Douglas encountered a group of six Mexican nationals who illegally entered the U.S. During processing, a records check revealed a 39-year-old man in the group had a criminal history in Mexico – to include kidnapping – and an active warrant for escaping from a Mexican prison in November.
The fugitive, identified as Larry Palomarez-Chavez, was processed for immigration violations and turned over to Mexican authorities in Nogales.
The five Mexican nationals arrested with Palomarez are being processed for immigration violations in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines. All individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
The Border Patrol Foreign Operations Branch works in conjunction with the Government of Mexico as part of a holistic approach to border security and border safety through the exchange of information and intelligence to help bring dangerous criminals to justice.
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.