Source: United States Attorneys General
Defendant had one prior deportation to Mexico
BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Mexican national man entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Heriberto Tadeo faces up to two years of incarceration when he is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13, 2019. Tadeo is also subject to deportation proceedings at the conclusion of any sentence. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“Our immigration laws must be enforced,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Those who want to remain in this great country, must enter it legally, and abide by our laws.”
On October 17, 2018, Tadeo was found in Ronceverte, Greenbrier County, West Virginia by members of ICE after receiving a tip that individuals were in the country illegally and working in the area. Pursuant to this investigation, ICE agents approached Tadeo and he surrendered to them. Agents immediately confirmed that Tadeo was not in the United States legally, and took him into federal custody.
Tadeo’s fingerprints matched a prior encounter where he was found near Hidalgo, Texas and deported from the United States to Mexico in 2016. Tadeo illegally reentered the United States prior to his capture in 2018. Tadeo had not obtained permission to legally enter the United States and had not sought legal status or citizenship. Tadeo also admitted to ICE agents that he was a Mexican citizen.
Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge Irene Berger presided over the hearing.