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Man gets 51 months in prison for illegal entry

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Man gets 51 months in prison for illegal entry

Jalisco man had criminal past in Los Angeles

  • Tomas Avila Martinez
    Customs and Border ProtectionTomas Avila Martinez

TUCSON — A Mexican national was sentenced to 51 months in prison for attempting to illegally enter the United States last year.

Tomas Avila Martinez, 38, was apprehended on Nov. 23 by Nogales Station agents. When the agents ran a check using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, it was discovered that he had a 1997 conviction in Los Angeles for possession of narcotics for sale.

Avila, who is orginally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, was found with the drug rohyphonol, also known as ruffies and the "date rape" drug. He was sentenced to two years on that California conviction.

Avila was sentenced on June 30 for the violation in Arizona.

All illegal border crossers apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS, which gives agents access to criminal records from throughout the United States.

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