Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Naco Station arrested an illegal alien Wednesday who has an active warrant for murder.
While attempting to illegally enter into the United States, the man was apprehended by Naco agents, processed in the field and transported to the Naco Border Patrol Station. The subject was enrolled into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).
The system revealed he had arrests for assault, gang activity, criminal weapons and firearms possession in addition to the warrant. The man will be turned over to the Tucson Police Department pending extradition to New York.
Violent and dangerous criminal aliens, such as gang members and murderers, attempt to illegally cross the border every day. The IAFIS assists agents by swiftly identifying individuals with criminal records and them to an appropriate law enforcement resolution. The Border Patrol is committed to working with local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to reach our shared goal of improving the quality of life.
In Fiscal Year 2009, the Tucson Sector apprehended more than 241,000 people, 40,000 of those apprehended had past criminal histories. From Oct. 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol has apprehended more than 170,000 people attempting to illegally enter the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.