FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - April 16, 2008
ILLEGAL ALIEN SENTENCED TO 57 MONTHS IN PRISON
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced MARVIN MAROQUIN-BRAN, 44, a native of Guatemala, to 57 months’ imprisonment for illegally re-entering the United States after being previously convicted of an aggravated felony.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 12, 2007. On November 14, 2007, at his arraignment, MAROQUIN-BRAN, entered his guilty plea to the charge of illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.
The investigation showed that in 1988, Maroquin-Bran was convicted of a drug trafficking offense in Los Angeles, California, and thereafter deported. On September 9, 2005, MAROQUIN-BRAN was arrested in Brunswick County, North Carolina in possession of cocaine. He provided authorities with a false name. On November 15, 2005, he pled guilty under the false name to felonious possession of cocaine in the Brunswick County Superior Court and was sentenced to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
On August 9, 2007, MAROQUIN-BRAN admitted his real identity to agents with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to the fact that he had previously been deported and re-entered the United States without permission.
Mr holding noted the importance of this case: “My office continues to pursue and prosecute illegal aliens in criminal activity involved here in the United States. This defendant, who should not have been here in the first place, involved himself in drug trafficking and in false statements to authorities and Judge Flanagan’s sentence is appropriate to deal with his crime.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was handled by a member of the United States Attorney Office, National Security Section.
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