Prosecutions continue in illegal entry cases involving those with prior criminal records
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS – In the District of Minnesota, separate charges have been filed against
two foreign nationals who entered the United States illegally after being deported as criminals.
Recently in federal court, two individuals were charged with one count of illegal re-entry after
Cristian Paolo Gutierrez Ceballos, age 28, no known address, was charged in the first
case. His indictment alleges that on December 21, 2011, he was found in the U.S. illegally after
having been previously deported to Guatemala. Ceballos’s deportation followed a 2006 Nevada
conviction for attempted lewdness with a child under the age of 14. The current federal
indictment resulted from his December 21 arrest for not possessing a driver’s license. He was in
the Carver County Jail when he was identified as an illegal alien 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 local jails, and prevent
them from being released into the general population.
If convicted, Ceballos, also known as Christian Gutierrez, faces a potential maximum
penalty of 20 years in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Chaska Police Department and ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (“ICE ERO”). It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
Attorney David P. Steinkamp.
In the second case, Jesus Juan Nava-Morales, age 35, of Little Canada, was charged on
January 9, 2012, via an Information with having been found in the U.S. illegally on December
12, 2011, after having been previously deported to Mexico. His deportation followed a 2009
Minnesota conviction for domestic assault. The current federal charge resulted from an arrest
on an outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct. According to a law enforcement affidavit
filed in the case, Nava-Morales was in the Ramsey County Jail when he was identified as an
illegal alien through the CAP.
If convicted, Nava-Morales faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years. All
sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an
investigation by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and ICE ERO. It is being prosecuted by
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin P. Johnson.
The two men will remain in custody until their current federal cases are resolved, and
will be deported after serving their sentences. To learn more about the CAP, visit
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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