Belizean national faces up to 20 years in jail

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Belizean national faces up to 20 years in jail

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6, CMC – A Belizean national faces a maximum 20 years in jail, after he was detained by United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) for illegally re-entering the country following his deportation on felony charges.

ICE said that Santos Moreira, 46, who is on the list of its “most wanted” deportable aliens, was found in Los Angeles County on November 2, 2015, according to the indictment against him.

ICE said Moreira is charged with “re-entering and remaining in the United States knowingly and voluntarily without having obtained permission from the United States Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission into the United States following deportation.”

According to the indictment, Moreira was previously deported on three separate occasions – in December 1995, September 1999 and October 2010.

ICE said Moreira’s criminal history includes a 1991 Los Angeles Superior Court conviction for possession for sale of cocaine, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison and a 1992 Los Angeles Superior Court conviction for second-degree robbery, with an enhancement for personally using a firearm. For that offense, he was sentenced to five years in state prison, ICE said.

It said Moreira is currently incarcerated at a Texas state prison for a 2018 drug-related conviction.

He is expected to be brought to US District Court for the Central District of California to face the US federal illegal re-entry charge in the coming months, ICE said, adding if convicted, Moreira faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

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