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Deported Mexican Admits in Federal Court He Came To United States Illegally Again

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Mexican national admitted in federal court on St. Thomas today that he had entered the United States illegally.

Filiberto Moreno, 50, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez, to illegal reentry into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Sentencing is set for August 23, 2018.

According to court documents, Moreno was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Cyril E. King International Airport after he presented himself at primary inspection.

During the inspection process, Customs agents discovered that Moreno had been previously deported from the United States and that he did not have permission to legally be in the territory.

Moreno faces a maximum sentence of two years and a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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