Santiago Meza-flores Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on April 28, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, SANTIAGO MEZA-FLORES, a 38-year-old citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegal re-entry by a previously deported alien. Sentencing has been set for July 28, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On January 24, 2010, an agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement performed a Criminal Alien Program check at the Missoula County Detention Center. MEZA-FLORES was in custody at that time, having been arrested by the Montana Highway Patrol for driving without a driver's license. The agent spoke with MEZA-FLORES on the phone and MEZA-FLORES admitted that he was a citizen of Mexico illegally in the United States.
An immigration records check revealed that MEZA-FLORES is a citizen of Mexico and that he was deported from the United States on two prior occasions: September 6, 2006, through the Port of Nogales, Arizona; and September 12, 2006, through the Port of San Ysidro, California.
Further review of immigration records found no evidence that MEZA-FLORES had applied for or received permission to reenter the United States from the Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
MEZA-FLORES faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 1 year 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.