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11/18/2010

Mexican national sentenced to 20 years for illegal reentry, possessing firearms and drugs

WICHITA, Kan. - A previously deported Mexican national, who unlawfully re-entered the United States and illegally possessed drugs and firearms, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison following his guilty plea. The sentenced resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Wichita Police Department.

Jesus Maldonado-Ortega, 45, of Wichita, Kan. was sentenced Nov. 17 in the District of Kansas. He pleaded guilty to the following charges: illegally re-entering the United States after being previously deported, possessing with intent to distribute pure methamphetamine, and unlawfully possessing a firearm as an illegal alien.

In his plea, Maldonado-Ortega admitted that investigators served a search warrant July 2 at his Wichita residence in the 2700 block of S. Mosley. They found more than two pounds of methamphetamine, as well as a 9 mm handgun and a .357 magnum revolver. Maldonado-Ortega had previously been deported to Mexico and had unlawfully re-entered the United States. Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been formally deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Maldonado-Ortega will be deported again to Mexico after serving his prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas, prosecuted the case.