Border Patrol Arrests Previously Convicted Criminals

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TUCSON — 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 “reentry after removal”.

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.