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Grand jury returns indictment in illegal immigrant case

Released by The Federal Grand Jury of the eastern district of Texas

HENDERSON, TX - Gabriel Huerta Cruz, 34, of San Luis de la Paz, Guanajato, Mexico was indicted on charges of being an alien found unlawfully present in the United States after previous deportation.

If convicted, Huerta Cruz could receive a term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 or both. In addition, the defendant could receive a term of supervised release of not more than three years and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.

The indictment alleges that from on July 25, 2010, Gabriel Huerta-Cruz was arrested by deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department for driving while intoxicated. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) was contacted by the state authorities based on Huerta-Cruz's suspected illegal status in the U.S. On August 20, 2010 it was determined that Huerta-Cruz was illegally present in the United States. The investigation also revealed that Huerta-Cruz is a Mexican national and that he was previously deported to Mexico on May 17, 2005 after an aggravated felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

The case is being investigated by the DHS/ICE and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst is prosecuting the case.

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