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TWO MEXICAN NATIONALS PLEAD GUILTY TO TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL ALIENS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

14 individuals were transported illegally during the scheme

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that two Mexican nationals pleaded guilty in federal court for transporting illegal aliens.  Miguel Marquez-Jimenez, 25, and Sergio Morales-Jimenez, 20, both of Mexico, admitted that they transported illegal aliens from Houston, TX to West Virginia.  On April 5, 2012, Marquez-Jimenez and Morales-Jimenez participated together in transporting 14 illegal aliens in a Nissan Armada vehicle from Houston, TX to Putnam County, W.Va.  The co-conspirators were en route to the state of New Jersey.

The defendants each face up to five years in prison when they are sentenced on September 24, 2012 by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.   Both defendants are also subject to administrative deportation proceedings when their sentence is discharged.

The Homeland Security Investigations and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is handling the prosecution. 

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