Tucson, Arizona - A male Nicaraguan national previously convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle was among a group of individuals apprehended last night near Why, Ariz., by the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, a component of the Customs and Border Protection's Joint Field Command-Arizona.
Isaac Gutierrez-Blandon, 32, was among the group apprehended by Ajo Station agents for illegally entering the United States. During processing, agents found that he was arrested by the Waupaca County, Wis., Sheriff's Department in July 2007, convicted later that month, and sentenced to six years in prison. His criminal record was discovered using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a vital tool that ensures individuals with criminal histories are identified and penalties are upheld to the full extent of the law. Gutierrez-Blandon now faces federal prosecution for re-entry of an aggravated felon followed by a formal removal from the country.
In addition to enforcing immigration laws, the Border Patrol contributes to a safer America by identifying and removing dangerous criminals from the country.
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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.