Tucson, Arizona - In four separate incidents over the weekend, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested illegal aliens who were identified as sexual predators during processing.
On June 10, agents discovered that a 24-year-old Mexican national, apprehended near Naco, had an active and extraditable warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse out of Woodstock, Ill. The man was turned over to the Tucson Police Department for extradition.
On June 11, Ajo Station agents arrested two sex offenders in separate incidents. The first subject was identified as a 34-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who was convicted in Fresno, Calif., of sexual assault for a lascivious act with a child under 14. He is being prosecuted for re-entry of an aggravated felon.
Also on June 11, Ajo agents apprehended a 24-year-old man from Oaxaca, Mexico in possession of a mass data storage device containing images of child pornography. The man was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
On June 12, Casa Grande agents arrested a 34-year-old Mexican national with a third-degree rape conviction in Oregon. The subject is being prosecuted for re-entry of an aggravated felon.
The criminal histories of all the subjects were exposed after their fingerprints were scanned into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Agents use IAFIS to access criminal records throughout the United States and it assists by rapidly identifying criminal aliens so they can be brought to an appropriate law enforcement resolution.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments towards establishing a secure and safe border environment and improving the quality of life throughout the communities in the state of Arizona.
The Border Patrol welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity by calling toll free (877) 872-7435. All calls will be answered and callers will 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.