Illegal alien arrested in Dunklin County for DWI pleads guilty
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
A Mexican citizen pled guilty June 10 to unlawful entry into the United States,according to United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway.

Carlos Gomez-Perez, 39, pled guilty to one felony count of unlawful entry into the United States. He appeared before United States District Judge Charles A. Shaw.

On January 5, 2008, Gomez-Perez was arrested in Dunklin County, Missouri for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was later identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents as Carlos Gomez-Perez, a Mexican citizen illegally in the United States.

Gomez-Perez was transported to the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in St. Louis, Missouri where an INS Database check revealed he had a prior immigration history in the name of Carlos Gomez-Perez and that he was born in Mexico.

Upon review of his INS file, ICE learned that Gomez-Perez had previously been deported from the United States to Mexico. On July 2, 2001, he was convicted of attempting to enter the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation in violation of 8 U.S.C. §1325(a)(3), in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and was sentenced to probation without supervision for a period of five years.

ICE obtained verification from the United States Immigration Records Division that prior to Gomez-Perez's re-entry on or about January 5, 2008, he had not applied to the Attorney General of the United States or to the Secretary of Homeland Security for permission to re-enter the United States.

Gomez-Perez now faces a maximum punishment of two years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for September 24, 2008.

Hanaway praised the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its work on the case. Assistant United States Attorney Paul W. Hahn handled the prosecution for the government.
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