Tucson, Ariz. - A 31-year-old male from Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, apprehended by Ajo Station Border Patrol agents in October 2011 near Pisinemo, was sentenced to 39 months of confinement on April 2.
The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted Jose Manuel Cervantes-Trejo following his 2011 apprehension for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing at the Ajo Station, agents using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System learned Cervantes-Trejo was convicted in Bakersfield, Calif., in 2009 for felony sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age.
Following the Border Patrol's initial processing, the case was submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office for re-entry of a felon. Cervantes-Trejo will be formally removed from the United States following his 39-month incarceration and is now banned for life from all legalization processes.
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.
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.