Previously Deported Alien Charged With Illegal Re-Entry

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HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jose Sanchez-Flores, age 33, of Mexico, was indicted on December 15, 2021, by a federal grand jury with illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously deported alien. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Sanchez-Flores was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in January 2016.  He is alleged to have illegally reentered the United States again sometime after that time.  He was located in the United States on December 5, 2021, in Adams County, Pennsylvania, when a Pennsylvania State Police trooper charged him with public drunkenness and possession of a personal use quantity of marijuana.  Those state charges are pending.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney

Joanne M. Sanderson.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Sanchez-Flores faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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