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Tucson Man Indicted for Migrant Smuggling and Threatening to Murder a Border Patrol Agent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – On September 8, 2022, a federal grand jury in Tucson returned a six-count indictment against Jesus Alberto Ibarra-Barraza, 31, of Tucson, Arizona, for Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens for Profit, four counts of Transportation of an Illegal Alien for Profit, and one count of Threats to Murder an Employee of the United States.

The indictment alleges that on March 16, 2022, Ibarra-Barraza attempted to transport four undocumented noncitizens in his vehicle. After encountering law enforcement, Ibarra-Barraza stopped his vehicle, allowed the passengers to exit, then fled at a high rate of speed. Shortly after, he crashed his vehicle, resulting in serious bodily injury to himself. While at the hospital, Ibarra-Barraza verbally confronted a United States Border Patrol agent and threatened to kill the agent upon his release from the hospital.

Each charge in the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Customs and Border Protection’s U.S. Border Patrol conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Walters, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:            CR-22-01958-SHR-MSA
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-157_Ibarra-Barrazaa

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Updated September 20, 2022

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Press Release Number: 2022-157_Ibarra-Barraza