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Armando Loaiza-quintero Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on March 9, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, ARMANDO LOAIZA-QUINTERO, a 39-year-old citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegal re-entry. Sentencing has been set for June 10, 2010. He is currently detained.

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

LOAIZA-QUINTERO, an alien and citizen of Mexico, who according to his own admission, last entered the United States illegally by crossing into the United States near Lukeville, Arizona, in or about June, 2009.

On February 2, 2010, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent encountered LOAIZA-QUINTERO while conducting Border Patrol duties near Browning. Based upon information he received from the Tri-County Drug Task Force, he believed an occupant of a 1995 Lincoln was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The agent prepared to make a traffic stop of the vehicle. However, before he could active his emergency equipment, the car voluntarily pulled to the side of the road. He approached the occupants and asked for identification.

Upon questioning the occupants and running record checks, the agent determined that LOAIZA-QUNITERO was present in the United States illegally. LOAIZA-QUINTERO stated that he had been previously deported for illegally being in the United States. He further stated that he was a citizen of Mexico and was not in possession of the proper immigration documents.

An examination of LOAIZA-QUINTERO's fingerprints revealed that he had previously been deported and removed from the United States on April 27, 2006, through Nogales, Arizona.

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

LOAIZA-QUINTERO faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 1 year supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by 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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