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Mexican man pleads guilty to being in the United States after removal

BANGOR, Maine — A 53-year-old citizen of Mexico pleaded guilty to being illegally in the United States  Friday, March 10, in U.S. District Court.

United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced in a press release that Presiliano Gonzalez Berruete, a citizen of Mexico, admitted to being an alien who was found in the United States after having been removed and deported from the country.  

Gonzalez Berruete was indicted for that crime in February 2017.

According to court documents, on Feb. 12, the defendant arrived at the Canada Border Services Agency in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He was refused entry to Canada and transported to the Houlton, Maine Port of Entry.

A United States Custom and Border Protection officer determined that the defendant was a citizen of Mexico and had been removed from the United States in 2010. The removal of the defendant happened after Berruete was convicted of a federal felony drug trafficking offense and had served time in prison for that offense.

The defendant returned to the United States after that removal by entering the United States without inspection at a place that was not designated for entry. The case was investigated by United States Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

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