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2 Mexican citizens charged with illegal reentry

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A 29-year-old native and citizen of Mexico has been charged with illegal re-entry into the United States following an investigation by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Peter Smith Santos Aguilar-De Leon, 29, a native and citizen of Mexico, unlawfully residing in the United States, was charged in a one-count indictment April 16 by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.

The indictment alleges that Aguilar-De Leon, an alien who, in February 2010, was previously arrested and deported from the United States, did knowingly and unlawfully re-enter the United States. He was apprehended in Dauphin County, Pa.

If convicted, Aguilar-De Leon faces a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In a separate case, a 30-year-old native and citizen of Mexico was charged with improper entry by an alien into the United States.

The investigation revealed Jose Hernandez-Barrientos was also unlawfully residing in the United States after a prior removal.

ERO officers arrested Hernandez-Barrientos in York County, Pa., after he allegedly eluded examination or inspection.

If convicted, Hernandez-Barrientos faces a maximum sentence of up to six months imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.