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THURSDAY - August 4, 2011


RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday CIPRIANO DIAZ-GALIANA, also known as “Vicente Diaz-Rosas”, 56, a citizen and national of Mexico, was sentenced by United States District Judge James C. Dever III, for reentering the United States after deportation subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony. DIAZ-GALIANA was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.An indictment was filed on June 16, 2010, charging DIAZ-GALIANA, an alien, with being found in the United States after having previously been excluded, deported, and removed from the United States at San Ysidro, California, on February 5, 1981; at Calexico, California, on December 13, 1988; at Miami, Florida, on October 15, 1993; at Nogales, Arizona, on May 23, 1997; at Boston, Massachusetts, on March 29, 2001; at Laredo, Texas, on July 20, 2004; and again at Otey Mesa, California, on July 16, 2006, and not having obtained the express consent of the Attorney General to reapply for admission to the United States, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326. DIAZ-GALIANA pled guilty to this charge on January 10, 2011.

The evidence showed that DIAZ-GALIANA was an illegal alien formally deported from the United States seven times and allowed to voluntarily return to Mexico ten times. The evidence also showed that DIAZ-GALIANA, at the time of his arrest, had in his residence seven firearms, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and $10,000 buried on the property. Moreover, the evidence showed that DIAZ-GALIANA had sustained five prior federal convictions for illegal entry, accessory after the fact to murder, false statements in a passport application, carrying a concealed weapon, and drug trafficking. DIAZ-GALIANA’s sentence to 120 months’ imprisonment accounted for his high likelihood of recidivism, substantial under-representation of his criminal history category, and dismissed and/or uncharged criminal conduct.

Investigation of this case was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.


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