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Prosecutions continue in illegal entry cases involving those with prior criminal records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS – In the District of Minnesota, separate charges have been filed against four foreign nationals who entered the United States illegally after being deported to Mexico as criminals. Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, four individuals were charged with one count of illegal re-entry after deportation.

Jose Rosario Ahedo-Martinez, age 29, was charged in the first case. His indictment alleges that on November 11, 2011, he was found in the U.S. illegally after having been previously deported. Ahedo-Martinez’s deportation followed a 2009 Kandiyohi County conviction and subsequent jail time for assault. He was recently arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud when he was identified as an illegal alien with a criminal record. That identification was made though the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 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 illegally re-entering the United States. In some instances, federal prosecution will occur only after the individual is prosecuted for the recent underlying offense.   

If convicted of the federal charge now levied against him, Ahedo-Martinez faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, followed by deportation. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (“ICE ERO”) and the Willmar Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew S. Dunne.

In the second case, Estanislado Genis-Cuate, age 37, was charged with illegally entering the U.S. following deportation. His indictment alleges that on January 5, 2012, he was found in the U.S. after having been previously deported, in 2007, following conviction and subsequent federal prison time in the District of Minnesota for aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine. The current federal indictment resulted from his January 5, 2012, arrest by ICE ERO, during an operation looking for fugitives. Genis-Cuate had been recently residing in Minneapolis.

If convicted, Genis-Cuate faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, followed by deportation. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by ICE ERO. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin P. Johnson.

In the third case, Javier Mauricio Hernandez-Estrada, age 38, was indicted. His indictment alleges that on January 18, 2012, he was found in the U.S. illegally after having been previously deported following a 1993 Oregon conviction and jail time for unlawful re-entry into the U.S. The current federal indictment resulted from his January 18, 2012, arrest by ICE ERO. Hernandez-Estrada had been most recently residing in St. Paul.

If convicted, Hernandez-Estrada faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, followed by deportation. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by ICE ERO. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp.

Miguel Meraz-Moreno, age 51, was indicted in the fourth case. His indictment alleges that on December 27, 2011, he was found in the U.S. illegally after having been previously deported following a 1994 California conviction and jail time for possession with intent to sell cocaine. The current federal indictment resulted from his December 27, 2011, arrest on drug charges. The arrest followed the execution of a state search warrant. Meraz-Moreno was in the Hennepin County jail when he was identified via the CAP as an illegal alien with a criminal record. He had been most recently residing in Worland, Wyoming.

If convicted, Meraz-Moreno faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, followed by deportation. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and ICE ERO. It is also being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin P. Johnson.

All four men will remain in custody until their current federal cases are resolved.

To learn more about the CAP, visit www.ice.gov/criminal-alien-program/

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.

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