Pinal County Sheriff’s Office • 971 Jason Lopez Circle
Florence, Arizona 85132 • 520-866-5174 • Fax: 520-866-5195
Monday, June 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Media Relations, Tim Gaffney, 520-705-8124
Miguel Venegas of Mexico Arrested again in the United States
Despite his Past Criminal History and History of Being a Deported Felon.
On June 3rd, 2011 at 11:50 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant made contact with the driver of a 1999 GMC Yukon in the 18000 block of West Danbury Street, Casa Grande after he had observed the driver commit several traffic violations.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Delbert Pedro (age 56 of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation). Pedro quickly exited the vehicle when stopped and walked back towards the sergeant. The sergeant asked him if there was anybody else in the vehicle to which Pedro replied “there are two illegals inside.” The sergeant looked and observed two Hispanic males lying on the rear floorboard.
The sergeant ordered them out one at a time. As he was detaining one of them, the second Hispanic male fled on foot northbound through the residential neighborhood. Attempts to locate this individual by responding deputies were unsuccessful.
The passenger told the sergeant his name was Hector Rubio Silva (age 26 of Mexico). Silva said he and the other male had paid an individual $2,000 each to smuggle them into the United States. They walked for several days and then hitched a ride from the driver of the Yukon. Silva did not know the name or identity of the other individual who fled.
It was later determined during the investigation that Hector Rubio Silva was in fact Miguel Venegas (age 26 of Mexico). Venegas had lied to the Sergeant about his identity. Venegas has a past criminal history which includes:
• Arrested in Fresno, California for Forgery, False Identification and Possession of a Narcotic drug.
• Arrested in Fresno, California for Fighting.
• Arrested in Fresno, California for Loitering where a Child is Present.
• Venegas has also been deported from the United States on six occasions.
Pedro stated he had seen the two “illegals” walking so he decided to stop and give them a ride. They wanted to go to Casa Grande so he was giving them a ride when he was stopped. He had only picked them up minutes prior to being stopped.
Dilbert Pedro was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count of Human Smuggling. His vehicle was towed from the scene and forfeiture paperwork was submitted to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.
Miguel Venegas was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count of False Reporting to a Law Enforcement Officer.
Delbert Pedro Miguel Venegas
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Criminals often lie to law enforcement in their attempt to avoid arrest. This case underscores the threat from criminal illegals that are repeat offenders, yet make it into the United States undetected. Currently, less than 15% of the illegals who are apprehended in the Tucson Sector ever get prosecuted for entering the United States illegally. During 2010, 447,731 illegals were apprehended in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as they attempted to gain entry to the United States. What is even more shocking is that number only represents one out of every 2.7 who make it through undetected.”