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Mar 27, 2014 1:32 PM by Faye DeHoff

Illegal immigrant deported once before is caught again on weapons charge

COOLIDGE - A previously deported illegal immigrant has been arrested on weapons charges and using a fake identity.

On Tuesday, March 25th at 3:25 p.m., a deputy assigned to the Pinal County Sheriff's K-9 Unit stopped a 1992 Toyota Corolla on Highway 87 at Skousen Road in Coolidge for several traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle, 25-year old Jesus Angulo-Palafox of Mexico, gave the deputy a fraudulent Arizona Identification Card, which contained his picture and a different name. Angulo admitted to purchasing the fake id for $300 from a vendor at a Phoenix-area swap meet. Angulo was arrested for Taking the Identity of Another and Possession of a Forged Instrument.

A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun concealed between the rear seat and the trunk of the vehicle. A check of Angulo's fingerprints revealed in 2012 he was deported by the United States Border Patrol on a Weapons Offense and for Transportation of Narcotics. Since he is a prohibited possessor due to the prior felony convictions, he was also booked into the Pinal County Jail for Misconduct Involving a Weapon.

The front seat passenger, 23-year old Miguel Luna, also from Mexico, admitted to being in the United States illegally. Luna was turned over to the custody of the United States Border Patrol.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Pinal County is in the middle of one of the most active drug and human smuggling corridors in our country. As a result, our deputies and citizens continue to deal with these types of cases on a daily basis. We have invited the president and other elected officials to come to Pinal County to see the activity firsthand. It would be hard for anyone to argue the border doesn't need to be secured if they truly spent time looking at the issue from those who are forced to deal with the problem firsthand."

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