GRAND ISLAND, N.Y.—Buffalo Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two individuals convicted of violent felonies in the United States. Both individuals had previously been removed from the United States and were in possession of fraudulent documents at the time of their arrests.
On Tuesday, July 3, while patrolling near the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, N.Y., agents from the Buffalo Station encountered an individual and immediately identified the female, a citizen of Canada, as a subject wanted for fraudulently entering the United States. When agents questioned the female, she falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen and presented a fraudulent California birth certificate. The suspect has a conviction for first degree armed robbery in California and had been ordered removed from the United States on two prior occasions.
On Saturday, July 6, agents from the Rochester Station arrested a male, citizen of Mexico, after responding to a request for assistance from the New York State Police. The suspect presented agents with a fraudulent, lawfully admitted permanent resident card and refused to provide his true identity. At the station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System reveled the subject has convictions for assault with a firearm on a person and promotion of a criminal street gang, the Nortenos. The suspect also claimed to be affiliated with the 14th Street Gang in California. Following his prison term, the suspect was removed from the United States in 2009.
Prosecution for both suspects was approved by the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the subjects are currently in federal court proceedings facing an illegal reentry into the United States violation. Due to their criminal convictions, they face up to twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (800) 331-0353 toll free.
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.