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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 22, 2019

Fifteen Aliens Indicted on Illegal Reentry Charges

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned indictments charging BARTOLO ALVAREZ-CRUZ, age 32, of Mexico, JORGE ALBERTO MALDONADO-BROON, age 35, of Mexico,  ANTONIO CANDELA-SANTOS, age 42, of Mexico, ACELINO CORONA-ARAUJO, age 45, of Mexico, MARIO EXEQUIAS GARAY, age 44, of El Salvador, IVAN GONZALEZ-COLON, age 28, of Mexico, DENIS JOEL GUTIERREZ-RIVAS, age 34, of Honduras, RUBEN GUZMAN-VALERIO, age 34, of Mexico, RAMON HERNANDEZ-LOPEZ, age 44, of Mexico, DLADIMIR AQUILINO MORALES-DIAZ, age 22, of Guatemala, ELDER TOMAS MORALES-DIAZ, age 35, of Guatemala, ALEJANDRO OLIVA-HERNANDEZ, age 23, of Mexico, JESUS ORTIZ-JIMENEZ, age 28, of Mexico,  ALEJANDRO PIZANA-MORONES, age 24, of Mexico, RAMON CRUZ-CRISANTO, age 34, of Mexico, with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien.

If convicted of illegal reentry of a deported alien, ALVAREZ-CRUZ,  found in Wake County, MALDONADO-BROON, previously deported twice and found in Wake County, CANDELA-SANTOS, previously deported seven times and found in Wake County, CORONA-ARAUJO, found in Wake County, GARAY, found in Wake County, GONZALEZ-COLON, found in Wake County, GUTIERREZ-RIVAS, previously deported three times and found in New Hanover County, GUZMAN-VALERIO, previously deported three times and found in Wake County, D. A. MORALES-DIAZ, found in Wake County, E.T. MORALES-DIAZ, found in Wake County, OLIVA-HERNANDEZ, found in Wake County, ORTIZ-JIMENEZ, previously deported twice and found in Johnston County, and PIZANA-MORONES, previously deported three times and found in Wake County, would face maximum penalties of two years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

HERNANDEZ-LOPEZ, previously deported twice and found in Johnston County, is alleged to have been previously deported subsequent to a felony conviction (possession of cocaine). Therefore, if convicted, he would face a maximum imprisonment term of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of illegal reentry subsequent to an aggravated felony (possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine), CRUZ-CRISANTO, previously deported twice and found in Wake County, would face maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

The cases are being investigated by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated February 22, 2019