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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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FEBRUARY 27, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HONDURAN, MEXICAN NATIONALS INDICTED

FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two men – citizens of Honduras and Mexico – were indicted by a federal grand jury today in separate and unrelated cases for illegally reentering the United States. In each case, Schlozman said, the defendant had previously been deported subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony.


             * Edwin Ramon Castro-Sandoval, 28, a citizen of Honduras, was charged with aggravated reentry in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to the federal indictment, Castro-Sandoval was deported from the United States subsequent to a conviction for robbery with bodily injury. Castro-Sandoval was allegedly found in the United States on Feb. 17, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roseann A. Ketchmark. It was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.


             * Jose Luis Ramirez-Alvarado, 40, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Mo., was charged with aggravated reentry in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             According to the federal indictment, Ramirez-Alvarado was deported from the United States on July 28, 1999, subsequent to a Texas state conviction for delivering cocaine. Ramirez-Alvarado was allegedly found in the United States on Feb. 11, 2007.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Ketchmark. It was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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