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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     CONTACT:  Donna Krise
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2008                                ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe                                                                               PHONE: (936) 639-4003

                                                                 
THREE ILLEGAL ALIENS PLEAD GUILTY TO FEDERAL
IMMIGRATION AND FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

(TYLER TX)  United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that three Mexican citizens who had been living unlawfully in Northeast Texas have pleaded guilty to immigration crimes and a federal firearm violation in the Eastern District of Texas.

On June 19, 2008, PASQUAL TELLEZ-ROSALES, 38, a Mexican citizen living in Titus County, pleaded guilty to being an alien found unlawfully present in the United States after having been deported during an appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in Texarkana, Texas.  Tellez faces a sentence of up to 24 months in federal prison. According to information presented in court, Tellez had been deported from the United States on two previous occasions and was found by ICE agents at the Titus County jail on October 24, 2007 after being contacted by the Sheriff's Department. Tellez faces a sentence of up to 2 years in federal prison.

On June 24, 2008, OFELIO CARVAJAL-RAMIREZ, 27, a Mexican citizen living in Marshall, Texas, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a SKS Chinese made 7.62 caliber assault rifle while being an alien unlawfully in the United States during an appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Chad Everingham in Marshalls. According to information presented in court, Carvajal was arrested on April 30, 2008, in Marshall, Texas. After a search of his residence by Deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the officers seized the firearm and determined that Carvajal was illegally present in the United States. Carvajal faces a sentence of up to 120 months in federal prison.

On June 26, 2008, ALFONSO HERNANDEZ-TAPIA, 45, a Mexican citizen living in Longview, Texas, pleaded guilty to being an alien found unlawfully present in the United States after having been deported during an appearance before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love in Tyler, Texas. According to information presented in court, Hernandez was originally arrested in December of 2007 in Gregg County on state charges for tampering with a Government document. The Gregg County Sheriff's Department contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement who determined that Hernandez was illegally present in the United States after having been deported to Mexico following a conviction for a felony assault in Dallas County, Texas and for Terroristic Threats and Battery in Douglas County, Georgia. Hernandez faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison.

            These cases were investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Titus County Sheriff's Department, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst prosecuted the cases.

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