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Juan Aguado-lopez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on September 29, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JUAN AGUADO-LOPEZ, a 25-year-old citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien. Sentencing is set for December 29, 2009. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On March 6, 2009, law enforcement stopped a vehicle on 1-90 for speeding. Upon initial contact with the driver and three passengers, the officer was unable to communicate with the passengers due to their inability to speak English. The officer contacted a agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who then interviewed the subjects telephonically and established that AGUADO-LOPEZ is a citizen of Mexico and was in the United States illegally.

Fingerprint analysis identified AGUADO-LOPEZ as having been previously removed from the United States at El Paso, Texas, on July 19, 2007, under the name of Juan AGUADO-LOPEZ . When interviewed, AGUADO-LOPEZ admitted that he had been previously deported from the United States. Records checks also revealed that AGUADO-LOPEZ had been convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance charge in Utah on May 23, 2007.

A review of immigration records did not reveal any evidence that AGUADO-LOPEZ had received permission from the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States after being removed.

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

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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



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