Tucson Sector

Press Release

January 24, 2005

Border Patrol Arrests Trio of Criminals over Weekend
8,993 Criminal Illegal Aliens Arrested

Tucson, AZ – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended two criminal aliens this past weekend bringing the total criminal aliens arrested this fiscal year to 8,993.

On January 21, 2005, Douglas Dispatch informed area agents that they were following a group of illegal aliens with a Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) infrared camera near the intersection of Puzzi Ranch and Plantation Roads. The agents apprehended the group of six individuals, including Gerardo Miranda-Carmona, a 20-year-old Mexican national. Miranda’s fingerprints were submitted for comparison to the IAFIS database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. IAFIS revealed that Miranda was arrested for and convicted of Assault 3, Rape of a Child, a class C Felony, in September of 2004 in Bellingham, Washington. Miranda is being held in federal custody pending prosecution for Re-Entry of an Aggravated Felon.

On January 22, 2005, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station apprehended Marcelino Perez-Perez, a 23-year-old Mexican national. The Gila County Sheriff’s office had stopped Perez in Globe, Arizona, encountering 11 other individuals in the vehicle. The Casa Grande Agents arrested all 11 illegal entrants, including Perez. An IAFIS records check revealed that Perez was wanted by the Clayton County Georgia Sheriff’s office on a probation violation from a felony conviction for Forgery. Perez was processed and turned over to Pinal County Sheriff’s office awaiting extradition to Georgia.

In addition, on January 21, 2004, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station stopped a 41-year-old United States Citizen on Federal Route 15 on the Tohono O’odham reservation. Records checks revealed that the woman was wanted by the Phoenix Department of Corrections for a parole violation on a Narcotics conviction. She was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department.

For the current fiscal year, which began October 1, 2004, the Tucson Sector has apprehended 8,993 criminal aliens with criminal records, 413 with outstanding warrants. Last fiscal year, the Tucson Sector apprehended 14, 506 illegal aliens with criminal records.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.


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