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St. Peter man indicted for harboring illegal aliens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS—A 46-year-old St. Peter man was recently indicted in federal court in the
District of Minnesota for transporting and harboring illegal aliens. On April 16, 2012, Juan
Arrazolo, also known as John Arrazolo, was charged with one count of transportation of illegal
aliens and one count of harboring illegal aliens. Arrazolo made his initial appearance late
yesterday.

The indictment alleges that in or around June of 2010, Arrazolo illegally transported within
the United States a Mexican citizen for the purpose of commercial advantage and private
financial gain. It also alleges that from February to October of 2011, Arrazolo concealed a
Honduran citizen from detection for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial
gain. According to the indictment, the Honduran alien was harbored in a building in St. Peter,
Minnesota. Both men were purportedly employed by Arrazolo’s company, which does business
as Poultry Service Management. The business provides manual labor to large corporate chicken
farms in Minnesota and the surrounding area.

If convicted, Arrazolo faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison on
each charge. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations, the St. Peter Police Department, the Nicollet County
Sheriff’s Office, the LeSueur County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp and
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin P. Johnson.

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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