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Interpol warrant leads to arrest by Border Patrol agents

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Interpol warrant leads to arrest by Border Patrol agents

A man who had escaped prison in Mexico was arrested on Wednesday by Border Patrol agents from the Nogales station when he attempted to cross into the United States.

Based on a homicide warrant from Mexican authorities through the international police organization known as Interpol, Border Patrol agents arrested the man and handed him over to Sonoran State Police, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

The man, whose name was not released by the agency, was one of several suspected criminals arrested by border agents within the past few weeks, including six previously convicted of sex offenses. 

This includes Ruben Barajas, who was convicted of sexual battery; Rufino Flores-Anaya, convicted of forcible rape; Jose Gonzalez-Rivas, convicted of sexual conduct with a minor; Valeria Ochoa-Suarez, convicted of molestation of a minor; and Damian Viera-Avendano, convicted of lewd acts with a child under 14, the release said.

The six were apprehended for immigration violations and processed for prosecution and removal proceedings after agents scanned their fingerprints into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, the agency said. 

The IAFIS digital scanner system is used at Border Patrol stations and checkpoints to check fingerprints against a database of more than 55 million people, according to the FBI.

Every person apprehended by the Border Patrol is entered into this system. 

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