News Release

June 6, 2011 Contact: Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office (520) 748-3210

Border Patrol Agents Prevent 10 Dangerous Criminals from Entering U.S. Communities
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 10 dangerous criminals illegally entering the United States over the weekend in seven separate incidents. The subjects’ criminal backgrounds ranged from sexual assault to gang-related activity. Records checks, using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), revealed one of the illegal aliens had a felony conviction for rape and another had an outstanding arrest warrant for sexual assault. It was also discovered through IAFIS and intelligence gathering that eight of the criminals belonged to dangerous street gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha, Sureños and 18th Street. Prosecution is being sought for seven of the 10 criminals. The remaining three will be placed into an appropriate consequence programs. Tools such as IAFIS ensure illegal aliens who are in custody with dangerous criminal backgrounds are identified and face the appropriate consequence. The Border Patrol continues to protect our nation’s borders by arresting those who enter illegally. Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment and improving the quality of life throughout the communities in the state of Arizona. The Border Patrol welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity by calling toll free 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous. ~CBP~
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.