A Mexican man arrested in Hurricane now faces being deported from the United States for the fifth time.
Victor Santa Maria-Cleofas, 47, of Mexico pled guilty to the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien, according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart.
Stuart says that on March 15th, 2018, Santa Maria-Cleofas was arrested by ICE agents who observed him biking to the restaurant where he worked in Hurricane, WV. ICE already had information that Santa Maria-Cleofas was in the United States illegally and stopped him as he rode by.
After confirming his identity and with Santa Maria-Cleofas admitting he was not in the United States legally, he was arrested.
Santa Maria-Cleofas faces up to 2 years of incarceration, a 250,000 dollar fine, supervised release for one year, and a special assessment when he is scheduled to be sentenced on May 29, 2018 by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. He also faces removal proceedings at the conclusion of any sentence of incarceration.
Stuart says, “He will soon face deportation a 5th time. Everyone hates line skippers. This is a nation that welcomes new immigrants but every immigrant must respect our country and follow our laws.”
According to Stuart, Santa Maria-Cleofas was previously deported in 2001, 2004, 2008, and 2010.
Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is handling the prosecution.