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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Prosecutions Continue In Illegal Entry Cases Involving Those With Prior Criminal Records

MINNEAPOLIS – Daniel Reyes-Zavaleta, age 27, has been charged with one count of
illegal re-entry into the United States following deportation. His indictment, which was filed
earlier today, alleges that on March 26, 2012, he was found in the U.S. after having been
previously deported in 2010 following a conviction in Wright County for malicious punishment
involving a child. The current federal indictment resulted from his March 26 arrest as part of
Operation Cross Check, a national roundup of criminal and fugitive aliens. That roundup, led
by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), yielded more than 3,100
arrests, including 56 in Minnesota.

If convicted of the federal charge now levied against him, Reyes-Zavaleta will face a
potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, followed by deportation to Mexico.
All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. Until his current federal case
is resolved, Reyes-Zavaleta will remain in law enforcement custody.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura M. Provinzino.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.



Updated April 30, 2015