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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

ILLEGAL ALIEN INDICTED IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

 

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 48-year-old Mexican national has been indicted in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
            JESUS MANUEL DIAZ-OROZCO, a.k.a., Manuel Ortega, was indicted on charges of being a criminal alien found unlawfully present in the U.S.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison .

            According to the indictment, on April 21, 2009, Diaz-Orozco was arrested by officers with the Tyler Police Department. ICE was contacted by the state authorities based on Diaz's suspected illegal status in the United States. On May 18, 2009, ICE went to the Smith County Jail and determined that Diaz was illegally present in the United States. The ICE investigation also revealed that Diaz is a Mexican national, that he had been previously deported or removed to Mexico back in 2000 after an aggravated felony conviction for Residential Burglary in Conway, Arkansas. After being deported, Diaz reentered the United States without inspection or permission of United States immigration authorities.

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Tyler Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.
           
            A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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