Jackson, Miss. - Cristobal Marin-Lopez, 22, an illegal alien from Mexico, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee to 15 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally re-entering the United States after having previously been deported, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and David D. Rivera, Director of the Bureau of Customs Enforcement (ICE) New Orleans Field Office.
On December 22, 2017, ICE agents arrested Cristobal Marin-Lopez after he lost control of a van on Highway 43 and Tom Coke Road, in Simpson County, Mississippi. ICE was contacted after witnesses to the accident reported seeing numerous individuals running into the woods fleeing the scene. Marin-Lopez admitted to law enforcement that he was traveling from Huston, Texas, with fourteen (14) illegal aliens that he was transporting to Alabama, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, §1326. It was further determined that Marin-Lopez was being paid $125.00 per alien to transport them from Houston, Texas, to Alabama.
This case was investigated by Deportation Officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Glenda R. Haynes.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Southern District of Mississippi