Tucson Sector

Press Release

September 27, 2004

U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Sexual Offender
Record Number of Criminal Aliens Arrested

Tucson, AZ –On September 25, 2004, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Douglas Station arrested an illegal alien, who was also a convicted sexual offender.

Saturday, at 3:15 p.m., agents encountered Omar Serna-Polanco just west of Douglas, Arizona. Serna, a 31-year-old citizen of Mexico, was arrested after he climbed over the steel landing mat fence and ran north. He was then transported to the Douglas Station for processing.

At the station, Serna was entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and it was revealed that Serna had been convicted in 1997, in New Mexico, of “Sexual Offenses in the third degree”, and was sentenced to three years in prison. Serna was Removed from the United States in 1998 subsequent to his conviction.

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

Since the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1, 2003), the Tucson Sector has arrested over 13,000 illegal aliens with criminal records in the United States. Of that number, over 170 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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