FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - February 17, 2011
10 DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY TO IMMIGRATION CHARGES
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday 10 defendants, citizens of Mexico and Guatemala, pled guilty to immigration-related charges before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel. Each of the following defendants were charged with eluding examination and inspection by immigration officials, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1325:
JOSE GUADALUPE RODRIGUEZ
LUIS HUMBERTO HUERTA-PONCE
LUIS RAUL HUERTA-PONCE
JUAN MANUEL MARTINEZ-RODRIGUEZ
JORGE ALBERTO RUIZ-PONCE,
In addition, two defendants pled guilty to reentering the United States subsequent to deportation, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326:
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 14, 2010. According to the investigation, on November 15, 2010, the defendants were found in the United States while employed by J & A Framers Carpentry, Inc. J & A Framers Carpentry, Inc. is a North Carolina corporation owned and operated by Juan Lopez and Jose Lopez. At sentencing, the defendants face up to 2 years’ imprisonment.
Investigation of this case was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Dennis Duffy and Sebastian Kielmanovich represented the government.# # #
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