TWO ALIENS INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY
Two aliens were indicted in separate cases today by a federal grand jury sitting in New Orleans, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
In the first case, HORACIO JONATHAN SALAS-FLORES, age 21, a resident of Mexico, was charged in a one-count indictment alleging that on approximately June 16, 2010, he knowingly possessed and attempted to use a counterfeit Permanent Resident card. If convicted, SALAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
In the second case, ARTURO LAMAS-MUNOZ, age 48, a resident of Mexico, was charged in a one-count indictment alleging that on approximately May 24, 2010, LAMAS, an alien who had previously been removed from theUnited States, was found in Orleans Parish without having obtained the proper consent.
If convicted, LAMAS, who was convicted of an aggravated felony prior to his previous removal, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
These cases was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.
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