LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A Mexican national who has twice been convicted of drug trafficking in Nevada, was sentenced July 21 to seven years and three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for illegal reentry into the United States. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Las Vegas Office.
Pedro Morales-Carrillo, 32, a native and citizen of Mexico, known by law enforcement to use at least four aliases, pleaded guilty in March to one count of being a deported alien found in the United States. U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson handed the sentence last week; Morales-Carrillo was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to court documents and admissions that Morales-Carrillo made in court, in February 2009 and October 2010, Morales-Carrillo was deported from the United States to Mexico. In October 2010 he unlawfully reentered the United States and remained in the country until he was found and detained in June 2017. Morales-Carrillo has prior felony convictions in Clark County for trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act, trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine and methamphetamine), and in Arizona for being a deported alien found in the United States.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Frayn with the District of Nevada prosecuted the case.
The agency is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members; as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, such as those who illegally reenter the country after a prior removal, and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.
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