In February 2010 an American citizen who was arrested for dealing drugs told a Utah judge that he was illegal Mexican immigrant Saul Quiroz, rather than facing time in jail he was promptly sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation.
Apparently not learning from his past mistake the same man was arrested once against in Salt Lake County in February 2011 and rather than sticking with his “illegal immigrant” story the man told the same judge that he was “in fact a United States Citizen.”
Once again the criminal was sent to ICE several months later at which point they verified who he was and determined that he had re-entered the U.S. on April 10, 2010, by having his U.S. Passport sent to him for re-entry.
Now apart from facing charges for his original offense the man is also under hot water for using a false name and claiming to be a Mexican national “to avoid a lengthy prison term because of his drug conviction.”
One of his offenses, one count of false or inconsistent material statements in a court of law is a second-degree felony.
The man was charged on Wednesday and is currently awaiting trial.
While I don’t agree with the criminals tactics perhaps ICE should learn from this case and be more careful with who they are deporting in record numbers.
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