Two criminal aliens were arrested by border patrol agents in Arizona last week, a 41-year-old Mexican National convicted of sexual contact with a minor and a 50-year-old Mexican national convicted of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute.
The first arrest was made on Jan. 19th when Tucson Sector agents encountered Marcelino Cruz-Corona, 41, after the man illegally entered the United States around 9:30 p.m. local time. During processing, Cruz-Corona was determined to be a Mexican citizen previously convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Greenville County, South Carolina. Cruz-Corona was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009.
On Jan. 21st, the second arrest was made after agents encountered 50-year-old Jorge Ruiz-Gonzalez. A records check revealed Ruiz-Gonzalez had been convicted in Harris County, Texas in 1996 of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute as well as conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Ruiz-Gonzalez was sentenced to 46 months in prison with 50 months of probation and fined $10,000.
Both illegal immigrants are currently facing federal prosecution for violating immigration law.
According to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection about the two arrests, "Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 195 illegal aliens with significant criminal histories. The Border Patrol is often the first line of defense against previously deported criminals attempting to reenter the United States."