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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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MARCH 30, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED

FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for illegally reentering the United States after having been deported following a drug-trafficking conviction.


             Arnulfo Lopez, 29, a citizen of Mexico who was living in Webb City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to four years and nine months in federal prison without parole. Lopez was also sentenced to an additional four months in federal prison without parole for violating the terms of his supervised release by illegally reentering the country after deportation.


             On Oct. 17, 2006, Lopez pleaded guilty to illegally entering the United States after having been deported.


             Lopez was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison following his Sept. 24, 1998, conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Lopez, who was placed on supervised release and deported in June 2005 after serving that federal sentence, was found in Jasper County, Mo., on Sept. 5, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rose A. Barber. It was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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