TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended two previously deported men with violent criminal histories after they entered the U.S. illegally in separate events Sunday.
Sunday morning, agents from the Three Points Station arrested a 35-year-old Honduran national after he entered the country illegally, west of Sasabe, Arizona. During processing, agents conducting record checks discovered Santos Avila Rosales was convicted of child molestation in the state of Louisiana in 2011.
Sunday evening, agents from the Casa Grande Station arrested Arturo Benjamin Avila Torres after he illegally entered the country south of Vamori, Arizona. Subsequent record checks, revealed the 46-year-old Mexican national is a two-time California convicted felon for assault with a firearm in 1993 and again in 1998 for lascivious acts with a minor under 14.
Both individuals will remain in federal custody to face felony immigration prosecution.
All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.