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Minnesota man indicted for illegal re-entry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier this week in federal court in St. Paul, a 55-year-old man was indicted for entering the United States illegally after being deported as a criminal. On June 5, 2012, Douglas Alonso Lopez-Cea was charged with one count of illegal re-entry after deportation.

The indictment alleges that on May 12, 2012, Lopez-Cea was found in the U.S. illegally after having been previously deported to El Salvador. His deportation followed a 1983 conviction in Virginia for burglary. On May 12, he was arrested in East Grand Forks and identified as an illegal alien with a criminal record.

If convicted of the federal charge now levied against him, Lopez-Cea 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 East Grand Forks Police Department, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.

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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