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Mexican Citizen Admits Illegal Re-entry into United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Maria Angelica Cruz Lancheros, a/k/a Coral Marisol Tovar Flores, age 41, and a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty today to illegally re-entering the United States.


The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Chief Patrol Agent John C. Pfeifer, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.


Cruz Lancheros admitted that she was removed from the United States to Mexico on July 7, 2009 and again on June 14, 2010.  In 2010, Cruz Lancheros was convicted of this same offense, re-entry of a removed alien, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.  Cruz Lancheros admitted that she returned to the United States without permission after those removals and that on May 6, 2017, she was in Burke, New York.


As a result of her conviction, Cruz Lancheros faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby on April 6, 2018.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.    


This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated December 8, 2017