CBP: Woman arrested trying to enter U.S. illegally is sex offend - Tucson News Now

CBP: Woman arrested trying to enter U.S. illegally is sex offender

Esmeralda Mendez Madrigal (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Esmeralda Mendez Madrigal (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A woman with prior sex offender and kidnapping charges was arrested while trying to enter the United States, federal officials said.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 43-year-old Esmeralda Mendez Madrigal was arrested Wednesday, June 14. Madrigal is a Mexican woman who was caught "illegally entering the United States," agents said.

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She was detained and taken into custody by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station near the Lukeville Port of Entry, according to a news release.

While she was being processed at the Ajo Station, agents said they learned that Madrigal is a registered sex offender and was previously removed from the U.S. following a six-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping and unlawful restraint. She was convicted on felony charges in Cook County, IL.

Agents said Madrigal now faces felony immigration charges for re-entering the U.S.

Customs and Border Protection officials are reminding people that they "welcome assistance from the community." They said citizens can anonymously report suspicious activity by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

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