TUCSON â€”Â Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents are processing several individuals taken into custody recently for multiple offenses, including one previously deported man convicted for homicide.
On Nov. 19, agents interdicted a group of drug smugglers and seized more than 350 pounds of marijuana. During processing, agents identified one of the subjects as a Salvadoran man previously convicted for homicide and imprisoned for more than nine years. He is now pending prosecution for drug smuggling and â€œreentry after removalâ€.
On Nov. 21, Brian A. Terry Station agents apprehended a male Mexican national previously incarcerated for 365 days on a felony charge for lewd conduct with a child under 16 in Idaho. He now faces criminal prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States following deportation.
Federal law allows the Border Patrol to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.