Tucson, Ariz. - Three Mexican nationals with serious criminal histories including attempted murder, sex offenses and felony vehicle theft were arrested by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents yesterday.
Casa Grande agents patrolling near Three Points apprehended two men from Tamaulipas, Mexico, for illegal entry into the United States. Using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), agents discovered the 31-year-old subject was convicted for first degree sodomy and sexual abuse in Fayette County, Ky., and was sentenced to two years in prison. He is being criminally prosecuted for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.
The second subject, age 39, was arrested in October in Baton Rouge, La., and charged with attempted second degree murder, but the charge was dropped because the prosecuting agency was unable to locate the victim. He is being criminally prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for illegal entry.
In a separate incident, Douglas agents arrested a 25-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. IAFIS revealed he was arrested in 2003 by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for unlawful use of means of transportation and served more than six years in prison. During processing, he also admitted to a past affiliation with the Barrio Avenida 31st gang in Agua Prieta, and records indicate he was also affiliated with the Wet Back Power 31st Avenue gang in Phoenix. He is being criminally prosecuted for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.
Every individual apprehended by the Border Patrol undergoes criminal history checks using technology such as IAFIS. This vital tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, assisting agents to quickly identify dangerous criminals and wanted persons among those apprehended.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol has implemented a Consequence Delivery System (CDS) as an integral component of its enforcement strategy. CDS centers on delivering a targeted consequence to illegal aliens through programs such as federal criminal prosecution in order to reduce recidivism and ensure that penalties are upheld to the full extent of the law.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Please report suspicious activity by calling the Border Patrol at (877) 872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.