Tucson Sector

Press Release

October 15, 2004

Slew of Criminal Aliens Continues

Tucson, AZ –On October 14, 2004, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Sonoita Station arrested an illegal alien, who also had an active warrant out for his arrest, while the day before, agents in Douglas arrested an illegal alien who was a convicted sexual offender.

Thursday, at 6:00 a.m., Sonoita agents encountered Rene Albiter-Benitez, a 33-year-old Mexican national about 17 miles west of Naco, AZ. Albiter was arrested after he illegally crawled under the fence at the International Boundary, and attempted to run north and hide in the heavy brush. Agents apprehended him a few minutes later. Albiter was then transported to the Sonoita Border Patrol Station for processing.

At the station, Albiter was entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). Records showed that Albiter had an active warrant out for his arrest from Wisconsin, in relation to the charge of “2nd Degree Sexual Assault with a Child”. Authorities in Wisconsin were contacted and extradition was confirmed.

Albiter is currently in Santa Cruz County Jail awaiting extradition to Wisconsin for his warrant.

On Wednesday, just after midnight, Douglas agents encountered Jorge Manriquez, a 25-year-old Mexican national, about 15 miles northwest of Douglas, Arizona. Manriquez was arrested near McNeal, Arizona after he entered the country illegally earlier in the day.

Manriquez was also identified by the IAFIS as having a criminal record. Manriquez had been convicted in 2002 in Ohio for “Gross Sexual Imposition” and was sentenced to 3 years confinement. Manriquez was Removed from the United States subsequent to his conviction.

Manriquez is in custody pending prosecution for United States Criminal Code 1325, “Entry without Inspection”.

For the new Fiscal Year of 2005, which began on October 1, 2004, the Tucson Sector has apprehended 707 illegal aliens with criminal records within the first 11 days. Of those, 23 had warrants out for their arrests.

Last Fiscal Year, in Tucson Sector, agents apprehended 14,506 illegal aliens with criminal records. Of that number, 711 had warrants out for their arrests.

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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