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Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector covering the Imperial Valley desert east of San Diego are touting a string of convictions resulting from arrests made by their agents of illegal border crossers who had already been ejected from the country at least once.

Several of those convicted are said to have extensive criminal histories.

Of the seven men receiving sentences, Jose Zermeno-Torres and Ruben Aguiniga-Ferrer got off lightest, being ordered to serve 18 months in United States prisons. Carlos Gonzalez-Gamez and Carlos Guitierrez-Barajas received 24 month sentences, Luis Armando Servellon-Alvarado was sentenced to 35 months, Luis Miguel Cazarez-Herrera got 37 months, and Jaime Alejandro-Reyes received the stiffest penalty of 46 months’ imprisonment.

All of the men will be formally deported upon completing their prison terms. Four, however, were additionally sentenced to between one and three years supervised release after being freed. It’s unclear how the courts intend to get the men to comply with their probation orders post-deportation – an inquiry to the department’s media contact did not receive an immediate response.

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Javajoe25 Nov. 29, 2012 @ 8:46 p.m.

I don't get this. These guys are all to be deported when they get out, yet some will have "supervised release." How's that work? Will the Mexican authorities supervise them? The article also states several of these guys have extensive criminal records. If the Mexican authorities are going to "supervise" them, why not have them do their time in a Mexican prison?


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 30, 2012 @ 7:27 a.m.

Those are stiff sentences for being in the country illegally-46 month sin club fed is a good haul.

The US DoJ has NO LEGAL authority to supervise any Mexican national in Mexico, it is a ridiculous sentence to add on "supervised release" that the US has no legal authority/jurisdiction to act on.


Javajoe25 Nov. 30, 2012 @ 11:23 a.m.

So, are they making it up as they go along, or are they stretching the net and creating a burden on Mexico? We clearly have reciprocal agreements with Mexico, so it would not surprise me to see the Mexican authorities going along with this...in spirit at least.


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