Prosecutions Continue In Illegal Entry Cases Involving Those With Prior Criminal Records
MINNEAPOLIS—Today in federal court, a 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to entering the United States illegally after being deported as a criminal. Hugo Beltran-Aragon, who was indicted on February 15, 2011, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge Michael J. Davis.
In his plea agreement, Beltran-Aragon admitted that on June 8, 2010, he was found in the U.S. illegally after having been previously deported in 2003, following a Hennepin County conviction for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
For his crime, Beltran-Aragon faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Judge Davis will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Brooklyn Park Police Department and ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (“ICE ERO”). It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.
On September 6, 2012, United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced 49-year-old Juan Manuel Maciel Ramos, also known as Juan Maciel-Hernandez, to 24 months in prison on one count of unlawful reentry after removal. Ramos, who was indicted on March 20, 2012, pleaded guilty on May 25, 2012.
In his plea agreement, Ramos admitted that on December 5, 2011, he was found in the U.S. illegally after having been previously deported in 2006, following a California conviction for burglary. The Prior Lake Police Department arrested Ramos at Mystic Lake Casino for drug possession. He was sentenced in Scott County for third-degree possession before being turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) custody.
On September 5, 2012, United States District Court Judge David S. Doty sentenced Jose Salgado-Virgil, age 31, to 45 months in prison on one count of unlawful reentry after removal. Salgado-Virgil, who was indicted on March 20, 2012, pleaded guilty on May 11, 2012.
In his plea agreement, Salgado-Virgil admitted that on February 23, 2012, he was found in the U.S. illegally after having been previously deported following a conviction for assault in the third degree. Salgado-Virgil was in the Lyon County jail when authorities identified him as an illegal alien with a criminal record. That identification was made through the ICE Criminal Alien Program (“CAP”). The goal of that program is to locate criminal aliens incarcerated in federal and state prisons, as well as in local jails, and prevent them from being released into society by having them federally prosecuted for illegal reentry. In some instances, federal prosecution occurs only after the individual has been prosecuted for the recent underlying offense.
Both the Ramos and Salgado-Virgil cases were the result of investigations by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and ICE ERO. They were prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin P. Johnson.
To learn more about the CAP, visit www.ice.gov/criminal-alien-program/