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Suspect Deported After Serving Half His Prison Term for Felony Offense Returns to the U.S. Illegally Once Again
Posted: 2/7/2013 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a 1994 GMC truck near the intersection of North Highway 87 and East of Steele Road in Pinal County. The registration on the truck was “Mandatory Insurance Suspended” per the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle Division.

The driver of the vehicle provided his identification and the passenger was identified per a pictured Arizona Identification Card as Ramon Montijo (age 52). During a routine warrant check, it was discovered Montijo had an outstanding felony probation warrant for his arrest. The warrant stated that “any law enforcement contact with this subject - contact the Arizona Department of Corrections Fugitive Service Unit.”

The warrant was confirmed and Montijo was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. Montijo is currently being held on a “no bond status.”

It was later determined, Montijo had served only half of his Arizona Department of Corrections sentence related to an “Aggravated Felony” he was convicted of committing. Montijo was then released from custody, deported and instructed not to return to the United States again or he would have to serve out the remainder of his original sentence.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “It is hard to understand why a U.S. citizen when convicted of a felony offense has to serve their entire term but if you come into our Country illegally, all you have to say is I promise I won’t come back. You are then allowed to leave after serving only half of your time behind bars. After a recent helicopter tour of the border, Secretary Napolitano has now declared that the border is secure. This example along with the hundreds of thousands of other examples show it is NOT.”
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Jim Knupp

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