Border agents arrest previously removed convicted rapist

Border agents arrest previously removed convicted rapist
Wilmer Avila-Gamez (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

ARIVACA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Border Patrol agents arrested a Honduran national on Friday , Feb. 9. and discovered his 2001 felony conviction for rape in California.

Agents patrolling near Arivaca, south of Tucson, found and arrested 44-year-old Wilmer Avila-Gamez for being in the United States illegally.

During processing, agents conducted a records check on Avila-Gamez and discovered an April 2001 felony conviction in Santa Ana, CA, for "rape by force."

Avila-Gamez will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry of an aggravated felon.

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