Tucson Sector

Press Release

February 7, 2005

Sexual Predator arrested near Naco

Tucson, AZ –Saturday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Naco Station apprehended a convicted child predator identified as, a 32 year-old illegal alien from Mexico.

On February 5, 2005, at approximately 9:30 P.M., agents apprehended Juan Chavez-Diaz after he had illegally entered the United States west of Naco, Arizona. Chavez was arrested after crawling under the International Boundary Fence between the United States and Mexico.

At the station, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), identified Chavez as a registered sex offender. Records checks revealed that Chavez was sentenced to two years probation, served 12 months in jail for sex offenses, and was subsequently registered in the Sex Offender Program. IAFIS also revealed that Chavez has an outstanding warrant for “Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child” from Santa Rosa, California, County Sheriffs Office.

The Cochise County Sheriffs Office was notified and took custody of Chavez pending his extradition to California. When Chavez is finished with his State Charges in California, he will be processed for removal from the United States.

From October 1, 2004 to January 31, agents in the Tucson Sector have arrested 9,214 criminal aliens, of which 101 have been sex offenders.

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


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