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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:

RAFAEL GARCIA-TISCARENO

JOSE GUADALUPE RODRIGUEZ

VICTORINO GUTIERREZ-LICONA

LUCIO HUERTA-PONCE

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:

FLAVIO MARTINEZ-ANDRES

OLEGARIO ORTEGA-SOLIS

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.# # #

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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