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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Illegal aliens indicted on reentry charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Three illegal aliens were indicted today by a federal grand jury reentry charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Jose Neftali Salazar-Lemus, a citizen of El Salvador, age 29, is charged with one count of “Reentry of a Removed Alien.” Salazar-Lemus, having previously been removed from the United States, is accused of being in Berkeley County illegally in July 2018. 

Eduardo Hernandez Sanchez, also known as Jorge Andrade-Sanchez, a citizen of Mexico, age 42, was indicted on one count of “Reentry of a Removed Alien.” Sanchez, having previously been removed twice, and previously convicted of drug distribution in Pennsylvania in 2016, is accused of being in Berkeley County illegally in February 2018.

Miguel Angel Cruz-Polanco, a citizen of El Salvador, age 34, is charged with one count of “Reentry of a Removed Alien.” Cruz-Polanco, having previously been removed from the United States three times, once following a felony drug and firearms conviction in the Northern District of West Virginia in 2008, is accused of being in Berkeley County illegally in February 2018.

Salazar-Lemus faces up to two years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Sanchez and Cruz-Polanco each face up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. 

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated July 25, 2018