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Illegal Alien Enters Guilty Plea in Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Jorge Hernandez-Gomez, a/k/a “Jorge Hernandez-Rodriguez,” age 35, of Mullins, SC, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to Illegal Re-Entry into the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).  United States District Judge Bryan Harwell, of Florence, accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

The evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that on April 23, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations (“ICE-ERO”) Officers in Charleston, SC, discovered that Jorge Hernandez-Gomez, a native and citizen of Mexico, had been arrested by the North Myrtle Beach Police Department for Public Disorderly/Public Intoxication.   In 2016, Hernandez-Gomez was deported from the United States back to Mexico after having been removed on several prior occasions.  A records check revealed that Hernandez-Gomez had not received permission to enter, re-enter, or remain in the United States. 

Ms. Drake stated the maximum penalty the Defendant can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 2 years, plus a special assessment of $100.

The case was investigated by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations (“ICE-ERO”) and the North Myrtle Beach Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Hummel of the Florence office handled the case.



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Updated September 29, 2017