Criminal aliens sentenced for federal immigration violations in ETX

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 4:16pm

TYLER, Texas – Three criminal aliens have been sentenced to federal prison for immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Humberto Oliveros-Contreras, 35, of Jimenez, Zacatecas, Mexico, pleaded guilty on June 28, 2011, to being a criminal alien who was found unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced today to 21 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, Oliveros admitted to being a Mexican national who had been deported to Mexico after convictions for possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated in 2005. On June 10, 2009, Oliveras was deported to Mexico, and then reentered the United States illegally. On Apr. 7, 2011, he was found by immigration agents in Rusk County, Texas, after being arrested and convicted in Rusk County of driving while intoxicated.

Cruz Alonso Amaya-Bonilla, 38, a citizen of Honduras, pleaded guilty on Sep. 20, 2011, to being a criminal alien who was found unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, Amaya admitted to being a Honduran national who had been deported to Honduras after being convicted of gross sexual assault in the state of Maine on Feb. 20, 2002. On October 10, 2002, Amaya was deported to Honduras and then reentered the United States illegally. On July 7, 2011, he was found by immigration agents in Wood County, Texas, after being arrested for traffic violations by the Texas Department of Public Safety in Wood County on June 28, 2011.

Pedro Gallegos-Perez, 38, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty on Sep. 20, 2011, to being a criminal alien who was found unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced today to 10 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, Gallegos admitted to being a Mexican national who had been deported to Mexico after a conviction for possession of a controlled substance in 2006. On February 26, 2008, Gallegos was deported to Mexico and then reentered the United States illegally. On July 6, 2011, he was found by immigration agents in Smith County, Texas, after being arrested in Smith County on Apr. 26, 2011, for failing to identify/giving false information.

The defendants will be deported following the completion of their federal prison sentences.

These cases were investigated by state authorities in Rusk County, Van Zandt County and Smith County, Texas and DHS-HSI. These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

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