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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Five 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 ALEJANDRO AVILEZ-PEREZ, age 41, of Mexico, COURTNEY ANTHONY BECKFORD, age 36, of Jamaica, JHONAS CAMERO-SALINAS, age 26, of Mexico, JORGE AMILCAR RAMOS-LOPEZ, age 46, of Guatemala, and JUAN ANTONIO TORRES-NAVA, age 26, of Mexico, with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien.

If convicted of illegal reentry of a deported alien, RAMOS-LOPEZ, previously deported two times and found in Greene County (where he was convicted of assault), and CAMERO-SALINAS, previously deported and found in Wake County (where he was convicted of a domestic-violence related crime), would face maximum penalties of two years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

BECKFORD, previously deported and found in Cumberland County, is alleged to have been previously deported subsequent to a felony conviction (cocaine and LSD possession).  Therefore, if convicted, 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, AVILEZ-PEREZ, previously deported twice after a federal conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and found in Wake County, and TORRES-NAVA, previously deported twice after a conviction for delivery of cocaine in Wake County and recently found in Johnston 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 and Homeland Security Investigations.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated April 4, 2019