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Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Unlawfully Entering the United States for Sixth Time

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

Florence, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Paulino Luna-Gonzalez, 45, a Mexican citizen, pled guilty in federal court to illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on May 13, 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-Enforcement and Removal Operations Deportation Officers discovered Luna-Gonzalez while he was in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County on state charges.  Immigration records revealed that Luna-Gonzalez was a native and citizen of Mexico who had previously been deported from the United States on five separate occasions.  Luna-Gonzalez has never received permission to enter or remain in the United States.

Luna-Gonzalez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell accepted the guilty plea and will sentence Luna-Gonzalez after receiving and reviewing a presentencing report prepared by the United States Probation Office.

The charges against Luna-Gonzalez were the result of an investigation by ICE-Enforcement and Removal Operations in Charleston, with the assistance of the Horry County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office is prosecuting the case.




Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated November 15, 2018