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Mexican citizen faces illegal immigration charge

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RALEIGH — A citizen of Mexico detained in Wilson County has been indicted on a federal illegal immigration charge.

A federal grand jury in Raleigh handed down a true bill of indictment Thursday charging 37-year-old Jose Dolores Hernandez-Aguilar with illegal re-etnry of an alien subsequent to an aggravated felony conviction, according to federal prosecutors.

Don Connelly, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr., announced indictments against eight people accused of crimes related to being in the United States illegally. Six of the defendants were found in Wake County and one each was found in Wilson and Robeson counties.

If convicted, Hernandez-Aguilar could face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release.

Federal law enforcement agents from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State are investigating the eight defendants’ cases.

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