Tucson Sector

 Press Release

September 10, 2004

U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Second Predator in Two Days

Tucson, AZ - On September 9, 2004, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station arrested a second illegal alien, in the past two days, who had a felony warrant for Sexual Assault.  

Yesterday, at 10:00 a.m., agents encountered Andres Miguel-Pedro near Nolia, Arizona.   Miguel was arrested after admitting that he was illegally present in the United States.   Miguel was taken to the Casa Grande Station to be processed.  

At the station, Miguel gave the arresting agents a false name and claimed to be from Mexico.   He was entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and it was revealed that Miguel was actually a 26-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala. IAFIS also informed the agents that Miguel had an active Felony Warrant out for his arrest from Hillsborough County, Florida.   The charge stipulated on the warrant was "Sexual Assault".   Florida was contacted and extradition was confirmed.  

Miguel is currently in federal custody awaiting extradition to Florida.   When he is finished with his state charges, Miguel will be prosecuted for "Re-entry of an Aggravated Felon" based on his prior Removal from the United States in 2003.

This is the second sexual predator alien arrested in the past two days.   If you recall, on Wednesday agents in Casa Grande arrested Luis Orellano-Montano, a 27-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador.   Orellano had an active Felony Warrant out for his arrest from Harris County, Texas for a probation violation in relation to Orellano's conviction for "Sexual Assault of a Child" in 1998.   He too is in federal custody awaiting extradition, and will be prosecuted for "Re-entry of an Aggravated Felon" when he is finished with his state charges.

Since the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1, 2003) through September 8, 2004 , the Tucson Sector has arrested 12,535 illegal aliens with criminal records in the United States.   Of that number, 175 were for Sexual Offenses.   Of the criminal aliens arrested, 605 of them had active warrants out for their arrest.

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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