Tucson Sector

Press Release

October 12, 2004

U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Sexual Predator

Tucson, AZ –On October 11, 2004, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Douglas Station arrested an illegal alien, who was also a convicted sex offender.

Monday, at 8:30 a.m., agents encountered Arturo Arteaga-Salinas, a 53-year-old Mexican national about 3 miles east of Douglas, AZ. Arteaga was arrested after he illegally jumped the landing mat fence on the International Boundary, and attempted to run north into the outskirts of Douglas. Agents apprehended him a few minutes later. Arteaga was then transported to the Douglas Border Patrol Station for processing.

At the station, Arteaga was entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and it was revealed that Arteaga was a convicted felon. IAFIS records showed that Arteaga had been convicted in 1986, in California, of “Sodomy with a Person under the Age of 14, or with Force”, 2 counts of “Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child under the Age of 14”, and “Attempted Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child under the Age of 14”. Arteaga was sentenced to 11 years of confinement for these four felonies, and was Deported in 1990 subsequent to his convictions.

Arteaga is currently in federal custody pending prosecution for felony “Re-entry of an Aggravated Felon”.

In Tucson Sector for the Fiscal Year 2004 (October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004), agents apprehended 14,506 illegal aliens with criminal records. Of that number, over 202 were for sexual offenses. For the new Fiscal Year of 2005, which began on October 1, 2004 through October 11, the Tucson Sector has apprehended 707 illegal aliens with criminal records, and of those, 16 were for sex offenses.

The Border Patrol is a division of the U.S Customs and Border Protection, a new agency within the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for managing and securing our nation’s borders.


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