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Guatemalan National Man Pleads Guilty to Immigration Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Guatemalan national man pled guilty to the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Baltazer Victorino-Tulul-Ajqui, 30, will be sentenced on September 11, 2019.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Two prior removals,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We will keep sending line skippers back until they enter the country the right way.”

On May 1, 2019, Tulul-Ajqui  was found in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia by ICE agents who received a tip that he was working illegally in the United States.  ICE agents located Tulul-Ajqui’s residence and arrested him when he confirmed that he was in the United States illegally.  Tulul-Ajqui had no identification documents permitting him legal status in the United States.

Fingerprinting matched Tulul-Ajqui to two prior removals from the United States in 2010 and 2015.  In both cases, Tulul-Ajqui was found by immigration judges to be in the United States illegally and he was deported to Guatemala.  He had not obtained permission to legally enter the United States and had not sought legal status or citizenship. Tulul-Ajqui further admitted to ICE agents that he was a Guatemalan citizen.

 United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is responsible for the prosecution.


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Updated June 5, 2019