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U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 39-year-old Hugo Sanchez-Trujillo. He is a Mexican man previously convicted of sexual assault in the U.S., after he illegally entered the country west of Nogales, Arizona on May 19, 2020.

Remote detection technology placed in the desert alerted agents to a group who illegally crossed into the country in the mountains west of Nogales. Agents tracked and arrested the group consisting of eight persons and transported them to a field command station for processing. 

During criminal records and database checks on the group, it was discovered one of the men arrested, Hugo Sanchez-Trujillo, was convicted of Sexual Assault in Fillmore, Utah, in 2003, for which he received a three-year prison sentence.

Sanchez-Trujillo will now face prosecution for re-entry of a convicted felon while the other seven illegal border crossers encountered will be expelled from the country under Title 42.

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