Illegal alien pleads guilty to unlawfully entering U.S., for eighth time

Published 3:15 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Mexican illegal alien pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawfully entering the U.S. after removal, the charge was the eighth time he’d done so.

Alejandro Sosa-Cruz, an illegal alien from Mexico, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to unlawful reentry by an alien after removal, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, and Mr. Trey Lund, Acting Field Office Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in New Orleans.

Sosa-Cruz will be sentenced by Judge Ozerden, on August 1, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.

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He faces a potential maximum penalty of 2 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. He will also be removed from the United States again following the completion of any prison sentence.

On or about February 1, 2019, in Harrison County, a D’Iberville Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on the Sosa-Cruz’s vehicle for an obscured license plate.

Sosa-Cruz also did not have a valid Driver’s License.

An ICE officer was promptly called to the scene and arrested Sosa-Cruz after he admitted to being an illegal alien to the United States.

Sosa-Cruz was later positively identified via a fingerprint scan through the Department of Homeland Security computerized records system.

Since 2012, Sosa-Cruz had been removed from the United States on seven prior occasions. This was his eighth time to illegally enter the United States.

U.S. Attorney Hurst praised the cooperation exhibited by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Enforcement Removal Operations, the City of D’Iberville Police Department, the Harrison County Criminal Interdiction Task Force, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Stan Harris is the prosecutor for this case.