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|THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS
TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 35-year-old Mexican National has been sentenced to federal prison for immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
ASCENCION RODRIGUEZ-MIER, a Mexican National, pleaded guilty on Sep. 16, 2009, to being a criminal alien found unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on July 28, 2009, local law enforcement officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Ascencion Rodriguez-Mier was in their custody and believed to be in the United States illegally. Further investigation revealed that Rodriguez-Mier had a felony conviction for delivery of cocaine in Dallas County, Texas in 1992 and had been previously deported from the United States several times. On Aug. 5, 2009, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Rodriguez-Mier with being a criminal alien found unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonetta Stancu.
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