Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who handled the case, stated that on December 7, 2016, the defendant was encountered at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry after getting lost and turning around on the bridge before reaching Canada. When initially questioned, the defendant claimed to be a citizen of the United States, born in Arizona and gave officials an Arizona voter card as additional proof of identification. Standard record checks revealed that Estrada is a citizen of Mexico and had been deported from the United States on five prior occasions. The most recent deportation occurred in 2015 after the defendant was convicted in Arizona of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens for profit, an aggravated felony, and banned from entering the United States for life.
Estrada was also sentenced to six months in prison for violating the conditions of his supervised release for reentering the United States.