TUCSON – On Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported illegal alien with a felony criminal record after he reentered the United States illegally.
Tucson Sector agents patrolling west of Sells, Arizona, encountered Jose Martinez-Meza. During processing, agents discovered the 31-year-old Mexican national had been convicted of kidnapping by Maricopa County, Arizona, on March 11, 2010. A crime for which he was sentenced to five years confinement.
Martinez-Meza is being held in federal custody, pending federal immigration charges.
All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.