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Honduran man charged for smuggling illegal immigrants

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A federal grand jury indicted a Honduran man today for illegal re-entry after being deported twice last year and for transporting illegal immigrants into the country, as well.

Allan Gaulberto Meija-Ponce, 34, was deported on Feb. 13, 2012 and July 24, 2012. He was accused of transporting 14 illegal immigrants across the border with him.

Five other people along with Mejia-Ponce were indicted for re-entry after deportation: Nelson Lima-Arana, 20, of Guatemala; Yoloxochiti Castro-Angeles, 21, of Mexico; Jesus Torres-Paredes, 21, of Mexico; Jose Ariel Guevara-Ruiz, 27, of El Salvador; and Miguel Angel Ruiz-Guevara, 26, of El Salvador.

The arrests were made at a gas station off I-20 near Bessemer.

The maximum sentence for transporting illegal immigrants is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum sentence for aggravated illegal re-entry after deportation is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.



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