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Friday, January 23, 2015

Illegal Criminal Alien Sentenced to Federal Prison


Deported Alien Returns to Southern Oregon and Continues Trafficking Heroin

MEDFORD, Ore. – Zeus Apolo Guzman-Aguilar, 37, from Mexico was sentenced to federal prison for illegally reentering the United States.  On Tuesday, January 20th, Senior U. S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Guzman-Aguilar to 57 months in prison following an earlier deportation and conviction for drug trafficking.

On December 17, 2013, the Medford Police executed a search warrant at Guzman-Aguilar’s residence in Medford after receiving information that he had heroin packaged for sale at the residence. Police seized heroin and digital scales during the search.  Defendant had acquired both heroin and cocaine and was breaking them down for sale.  On February 5, 2014, he was convicted in state court for delivery of heroin and sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents became aware that Guzman-Aguilar was detained in state custody after the state drug conviction and also confirmed he had been sent back to Mexico on six prior occasions after earlier drug convictions.  On June 17, 2013, he was deported from the United States following his release from state prison.  Within four months of his deportation, he again illegally reentered the United States and returned to Medford for the specific purpose of continuing to sell and distribute heroin in the Medford area.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Byron Chatfield.

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Updated February 5, 2015