Tucson, Ariz. - Over the weekend, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested five illegal aliens with dangerous criminal histories. Three of the illegal aliens are members of violent street gangs and two had felony convictions for manslaughter.
On Friday, Casa Grande Station agents patrolling near Sells, Ariz., apprehended an illegal alien from Mexico who was identified as a member of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang. Later that evening, agents from the Ajo Station apprehended an illegal alien from Mexico northeast of Lukeville, Ariz., who admitted to being a member of the Sureño street gang. On Saturday, Naco Station agents apprehended an illegal alien from Mexico who admitted to being affiliated with the 18th Street gang. All three subjects are being criminally prosecuted for illegal entry.
On Friday, an illegal alien from Tamaulipas, Mexico, was apprehended near Amado, Ariz., by Nogales Station agents. Record checks revealed the suspect had a prior conviction in Queens, New York, for first degree manslaughter with intent to cause serious physical injury. On Saturday, Ajo Station agents patrolling northeast of Lukeville, Ariz., apprehended a Mexican national with an extensive criminal history including convictions in California for voluntary manslaughter, robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Both subjects are being prosecuted for re-entry of an aggravated felon.
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.