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Jaime Lopez-hernandez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on June 22, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JAIME LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ, a 32-year-old citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegal re-entry after having been deported. Sentencing has been set for August 19, 2010. 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 May 4, 2010, LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ was arrested and charged with criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic violations in Glendive by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper. The trooper then contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An agent then contacted LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ, identified himself as an immigration agent and asked LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ as to his citizenship. LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ admitted to being a citizen and national of Mexico illegally present in the United States.

A review of immigration records and fingerprint comparisons revealed that LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ had had multiple encounters with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dating back to 1997, with his final removal from the United States on March 3, 2007, through Laredo, Texas. When questioned, he admitted to having been previously removed from the United States and that he had not applied to the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States.

Further review of Immigration Records found no evidence that LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ had received permission from the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States after having been removed.

LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 1 year supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana Highway Patrol and 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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