Illegal Aliens Sentenced To Federal Prison For Returning To United States After Deportation
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Alejandro Aguilar-Ortiz (43, Mexico) to five years in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported and for violating his supervised release. Aguilar-Ortiz pled guilty on March 30, 2012.
According to court documents, Aguilar-Ortiz had previously been convicted of two felonies. In 2004, he was convicted in the Circuit Court of Hillsborough County for solicitation to deliver cocaine, and was subsequently deported. He later returned to the United States illegally. In 2005, in federal court, he was convicted of re-entering the United States after having been removed subsequent to committing an aggravated felony. Following his prison term, he was again deported. The five-year sentence imposed today includes 42 months for the illegal re-entry, and an additional 18 months for violating his supervised release following his 2005 conviction.
In a similar case, last week Judge Lazzara sentenced Rufino Saucedo (45, Mexico) to four years in federal prison for re-entry of a deported alien. Saucedo pled guilty to the offense on March 23, 2012.
According to court documents, Saucedo had previous felony drug convictions. In October 2000, in Wake County North Carolina he was convicted of trafficking in cocaine by possession and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. He was subsequently deported to Mexico on September 6, 2003.
These cases were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. They were prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel and Assistant United States Attorney Donald L. Hansen.