Previously Deported Aggravated Felon Arrested in Detroit
Subject caught with almost 5 pounds of cocaine
DETROIT— Detroit Station Border Patrol agents apprehended a Mexican citizen and convicted aggravated felon who unlawfully reentered the United States after a previous removal. The subject was arrested after a vehicle stop in Detroit.
The arrest took place on December 18, 2017, when U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered 44-year-old Mexican citizen Benedicto Guadalupe Galvez-Gomez, on Livernois Avenue in Detroit. During a field interview with Galvez-Gomez, he freely admitted that he was illegally present in the United States. Subsequent to his arrest, agents found two large brick-shaped objects concealed on his body. The substance inside the packages tested positive as cocaine, with a total weight of almost five pounds.
“Our communities are safer now that this criminal was taken off the streets,” Detroit Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Tony Barker said. “This is another great example of the value of having trained U.S. Border Patrol agents along our nation’s borders to help make our country more secure”, he added.
Galvez-Gomez who was formally removed in July of 2010, has a lengthy police record which includes multiple drug charges and a felony drug conviction for “Possession with Intent to Deliver.”
The case is currently being handled by the United States Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, Michigan, which accepted prosecution December 18, 2017, for “Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326, Unlawful Reentry after Removal” and “Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(b)(1)(B), Intent to distribute a controlled substance.”
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.