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April 8, 2011

Six foreign nationals, one woman and five men, plead guilty on April 7, 2011, to indictments charging each with Illegal Reentry into the United States After Having Been Ordered Removed, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a), and were sentenced the same day, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Marta Palacios-Rivas, age 29, of El Salvador; Amado Martinez-Maya, age 25, of Mexico; Hector Hernandez-Romero, age 24, of Mexico; Carols Montes De Oca-Dominguez, age 26, of Mexico; Jose Victor Martinez-Garcia, age 22, of Guatamala; and Humberto Figueroa-Roldan, age 51, of Guatamala, who have been in custody since there arrest in Effingham County, on March 8, 2010, each plead guilty and were sentenced to “time served” and ordered held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement official for hearings relating to removing them from the United States once more.

Deputies from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department stopped a van on Interstate 70 for a traffic violation on March 8, 2011, and determined that the driver did not have a valid license and was not a citizen lawfully in the United States. Thereafter, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were called to assist with the investigation and determined that each of the defendants who were occupants in the vehicle had previously been ordered removed from the United States and had reentered without having obtained the consent of the Attorney General of the United States or the Director of Homeland Security, thereby making their reentry a felony offense.

This investigation was conducted jointly by the Effingham Sheriff’s Department and the United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Carr.



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