Mexican citizen faces illegal reentry charge

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RALEIGH — A federal grand jury this week indicted a Mexican citizen who was found in Wilson County on a charge of illegally crossing the United States border.

Saul Cisneros-Franco, 52, faces a charge of illegal reentry of a deported alien, according to Don Connelly, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Prosecutors say Cisneros-Franco was previously deported subsequent to two aggravated felony convictions — trafficking in a controlled substance and illegal reentry of an aggravated felon.

If convicted of the pending charge, Cisneros-Franco could face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release.

A federal grand jury in Raleigh returned indictments against nine people accused of entering the United States illegally, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr.’s office said in a news release.

Others facing illegal reentry and related charges are from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and were found in Wake, Wayne, Pitt, Duplin, Pender, Harnett, Sampson and Robeson counties.

Allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents and Department of Homeland Security officials are investigating the cases.