Border Patrol arrest felon and removed from the streets

Posted: Dec 16, 2009 12:34 PM CST

Updated: Dec 16, 2009 04:25 PM CST

Casa Grande, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station were dispatched Monday to assist the Eloy Police Department with determining the true identity and immigration status of a male subject in their custody. During questioning, the man freely admitted of being an illegal alien from Mexico.

Agents took custody of the man and transported him to the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station for processing. When they entered him into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), the data base revealed he had an active felony arrest warrant for contempt of court. The data base also revealed that he had been arrested previously for two counts of illegal conduct enterprise, five counts of money laundering, three counts of possession of marijuana for sale, and two counts of misconduct involving weapons. He is being held on a $750,000 bond.

The subject was turned over to Pinal County Sheriff's Office which will extradite him to Maricopa County who issued the warrant.

As the Border Patrol continues to gain operational control of our borders, many of the illegal aliens that are encountered are identified through IAFIS technology as having serious criminal histories. Criminal aliens are a threat to the safety and security of communities throughout the United States. The Border Patrol is committed to working with our communities to enhance their quality of life by removing the criminal element.

"Operation Stonegarden" is an example of our commitment to security because it enhances our cooperation with local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement. This strategic enforcement operation establishes a security "gauntlet" through interagency cooperation by which potential terrorists or felons are snared before reaching our communities.