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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Columbia, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Mexican Man Charged with Illegal Entry into the US after the Commission of an Aggravated Felony
Columbia – Ulises Santos Cruz, age 26, of Oaxaca, Mexico, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Illegal Entry into the United States after the Commission of an Aggravated Felony, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326 (a) and (b)(2).  Santos Cruz was previously convicted in South Carolina in 2005 for Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature. The maximum penalty Santos Cruz could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.

Honduran Man Charged with Illegal Entry into the US after the Commission of an Aggravated Felony
Columbia - Alex Rafael Barahona Flores, age 36, of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Illegal Entry into the United States after the Commission of an Aggravated Felony, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326 (a) and (b)(2).  Barahona Flores was previously convicted in North Carolina in 2003 for Involuntary Manslaughter. The maximum penalty Barahona Flores could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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