TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have announced "significant arrests" of illegal immigrants documented as convicted sex offenders and MS-13 gang members in the last month.
Between Jan. 29 and Feb. 19, border patrol agents said they arrested several Mexican nationals with extensive criminal records including convictions for sexual abuse, battery with serious injury, domestic violence and child abuse.
Each individual received a sentence of between 30 days to five years of incarceration.
Agents from Casa Grande, Ajo, Tucson, and Nogales were involved in these arrests.
"These are the normal type of people we encounter out in the field, not everybody that comes in is a criminal or has a criminal history but we don't know that when we encounter them," said Border Patrol Agent George Trevino with the Public Affairs Office.
Trevino said every illegal immigrant they encountered was entered into a national database that checked their record in the United States and Mexico.