Tucson Sector

Press Release

October 25, 2004

U.S. Border Patrol Arrest Another Sexual Predator

Tucson, AZ –On October 22 2004, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Sonoita Station arrested an illegal alien, who was also a convicted sexual predator.

Friday, at 6:00 p.m., Sonoita agents encountered Hipolito Pedreguera-Ortiz, a 27-year-old Mexican national about 17 miles west of Naco, AZ. Pedreguera was arrested after he illegally crawled under the fence at the International Boundary. Agents apprehended him after tracking his footprints for over a mile. Pedreguera was then transported to the Sonoita Border Patrol Station for processing.

At the station, Pedreguera was entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). Records showed that Pedreguera had a criminal record out of Minnesota. Pedreguera was convicted in 1999 of “3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with the Victim 13-15 years of age” and sentenced to 18 months. Pedreguera was removed as an Aggravated Felon in 1999, subsequent to his conviction.

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

For the new Fiscal Year of 2005, which began on October 1, 2004, the Tucson Sector has apprehended over 1,400 illegal aliens with criminal records within the first 24 days. Of those, over 27 were 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.

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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