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Federal Jury Finds Alien Guilty of Illegal Reentry After Deportation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

GREENVILLE – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that on September 23, 2019, in federal court, MARCIO SANTOS-PORTILLO, 46, of Honduras, was convicted following a trial before United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard. The jury found the defendant guilty of Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien.

At trial, the evidence showed that SANTOS-PORTILLO, a citizen of Honduras, was found in Wilmington, North Carolina, after having previously been deported from the United States on March 21, 2011, at Houston, Texas. The evidence further showed that SANTOS-PORTILLO, who had been previously convicted of felony evading arrest with a vehicle in Harris County, Texas, reentered without having obtained the express permission of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security.

The investigation of this case was conducted by agents of Homeland Security Investigations. 

Updated September 24, 2019