Tucson Sector

Press Release

November 22, 2004

Two Sexual Offenders Apprehended
Convicted Rapist and Child Sex Offender Caught Entering the United States Illegally

Tucson, AZ -- On November 21, 2004, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station apprehended Juan Luis Paat-Fernandez, 25, a Mexican citizen and Nolberto Matias-Lucas, 25, a Guatemalan citizen for illegally re-entering the United States as aggravated sexual offenders.

On November 21, 2004, the Tucson Border Patrol Station All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Unit was patrolling near Three Points, Arizona area when they encountered Juan Luis Paat-Fernandez traveling with a group of illegal aliens. Paat was taken into custody and his fingerprints were submitted for comparison through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), which returned his positive criminal history.

The Huntsville, Alabama Police Department arrested Paat on November 7, 2000 for "Felony Rape, 2nd Degree. He was found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in the Alabama State Penal System and then deported from the United States.

In a separate incident, agents patrolling near Sasabe, Arizona arrested Nolberto Matias-Lucas, an illegal alien from Guatemala. IAFIS returned that Matias was convicted of two counts of "Felony Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor (under 13) in Kolb County, Michigan and served 12 months in jail and was then deported.

For the current 2005 Fiscal Year, which began on October 1, 2004, the Tucson Sector has apprehended 4,314 illegal aliens with criminal records, 51 for sexual offenses. Last Fiscal Year, in Tucson Sector, agents apprehended 14,506 illegal aliens with criminal records. Of that number, 202 were for sexual offenses. 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.


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