Tucson Station Border Patrol agents apprehended a Mexican national east of Sasabe on Sunday afternoon and later learned he had been convicted for statutory rape in DeKalb County, Georgia, in 2012.
While processing 25-year-old Raul Cordova-Garcia for illegally entering the U.S., agents found his conviction resulted in a 12-month sentence and removal from the U.S. in 2013.
Cordova is now being held in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations, according to a news release from the Border Patrol.
All individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
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