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Three men sentenced for immigration offenses

Three men sentenced for immigration offenses

Visalia man was one of three Mexican nationals living in the Valley who had been previously deported

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FRESNO — A convicted criminal living in Visalia was one of three Mexican nationals living in the Valley who had previously been deported. 

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced Julio Cesar Delgadillo, 47, a Mexican national residing in Visalia, was sentenced on July 30 to five years and three months in prison for being a deported alien found in the United States. He was indicted on March 8, 2018, and pleaded guilty on June 18, 2018. According to court records, Delgadillo was deported on Dec. 1, 2016, following a prior conviction and sentence for being a deported alien found in the Unites States. According to the 2012 indictment, Delgadillo was convicted of assault with a firearm and sentenced to three years in prison in 2003 in Tulare County.

That same day, 48-year-old Ramon Quintero, a Mexican national residing in Kern County, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to being a deported alien. He was indicted on June 14, 2018. According to the indictment, Quintero was previously deported on November 14, 2008, after being convicted of second degree robbery in 1999 and serving a six-year sentence.

Bernardo Guzman-Cruz, 45, who was residing in Kings County, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to being a deported alien found in the United States. He was indicted on June 14, 2018. According to the indictment, Guzman-Cruz was previously deported on July 14, 2012, after being convicted of a domestic violence offense in 2003 and sentenced to two years in prison.

These cases were the product of investigations by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).


Judge sentences Mexican National to prison, restitution for illegal marijuana grow

FRESNO — A Mexican national was recently sentenced to more than three years in prison and $11,000 in restitution for causing extensive damage to public lands to grow marijuana in Sequoia National Forest.

On July 30, U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd sentenced Raul Cardenas-Solis (Cardenas), 22, a citizen of Michoacán, Mexico, to three years and 10 months in prison for conspiring to cultivate marijuana on public land. In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Drozd ordered Cardenas to pay $11,195 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service to defray the costs of cleaning up the area damaged by the illegal marijuana operation. Cardenas pleaded guilty to the charges on March 12. 

According to court documents, in July, 2017, law enforcement officers found Cardenas checking water lines at a marijuana cultivation site in the North Meadow Creek area in Tulare County in the Sequoia National Forest. Cardenas resided at the site, which contained 10,488 marijuana plants. The cultivation operation caused extensive damage to the land and natural resources as a result of deforestation, pesticide and fertilizer use, the diversion of natural water sources, and trash dumped at the site.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar prosecuted the case.

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