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Juan Isac Alvarado-isordia Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on April 9, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, JUAN ISAC ALVARADO-ISORDIA, a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien. Sentencing is set for July 20, 2009. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

ALVARADO-ISORDIA, an alien, native and citizen of Mexico, and according to his own admission, last entered the United States illegally by crossing the international border near Laredo, Texas, on or about February 5, 2009.

On February 11, 2009, an agent with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered ALVARADO-ISORDIA while conducting a train check of the west bound Amtrak train in Havre. When questioned as to his citizenship, ALVARADO-ISORDIA stated that he was a United States citizen born in Seattle, Washington. Further questioning revealed that ALVARADO-ISORDIA did not know the name of the hospital in which he was born, the names of any of the schools that he had attended, nor did he know his social security number. ALVARADO-ISORDIA produced an expired Washington State Driver's License as identification. A records checks using ALVARADO-ISORDIA'S name, date of birth, and driver's license number revealed no record of ALVARADO-ISORDIA.

ALVARADO-ISORDIA was questioned again as to his citizenship and at that time stated that he was a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States.

A fingerprint analysis revealed that ALVARADO-ISORDIA had previously been deported and removed from the United States on both November 23, 1995, and again on August 11, 2000.

A review of immigration records also found that ALVARADO-ISORDIA had been previously convicted of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Seattle, Washington, on June 2, 1995, prior to his deportation on November 23, 1995.

A further review of immigration records revealed no evidence that ALVARADO-ISORDIA ever requested, or obtained permission from the Attorney General of the United States or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to apply for re-entry into the United States.

ALVARADO-ISORDIA faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan R. Whittaker prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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