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Mexican Citizen Indicted for Illegal Reentry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, announced today that a 36 year old native and citizen of Mexico was charged Wednesday with Illegal Reentry into the United States.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Leonel Gutierrez-Miranda, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally, was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.

     The indictment alleges that Gutierrez-Miranda, an alien who after a 2007 conviction in Hockley County, Texas, for possession of cocaine, was previously arrested and deported from the United States on February 22, 2007, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States. He was located by federal immigration agents in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Gutierrez-Miranda faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Lucy P. McClain.

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