ACET suspect pleads guilty, will be deported to Mexico

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Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza, one of three men arrested in an All Crimes Enforcement Team drug raid Aug. 31, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge during a hearing Monday and will be deported.

Fourteenth Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Amy Richards characterized Mexican citizen Sanluis-Espinoza as a minor player in the drug operation that netted about one pound of methamphetamine and about half a pound of cocaine at a Creekside Court apartment.

Richards said that since the three men were arrested, the District Attorney's Office has found, "different levels of involvement and culpability in connection with possession of the drugs that were found."

Because of his relatively minor role, the District Attorney's Office dropped the 11 original charges against Sanluis-Espinoza, adding one additional charge of unlawful possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a felony that carries a typical penalty of 1 year to 18 months in jail and a possible fine of $1,000 to $100,000.

As a part of the agreement, Sanluis-Espinoza pleaded guilty to the last charge and was sentenced to one year in jail. The year in jail was then suspended as long as Sanluis-Espinoza leaves the United States, does not re-enter illegally and does not commit any other crimes.

Sanluis-Espinoza spent 63 days in jail before his hearing Monday.

District Judge Shelly Hill said she was skeptical that any of the fines or fees assessed as part of the plea agreement, including a drug surcharge of $750, would be recovered.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had a hold placed on Sanluis-Espinoza, meaning that his immigration status was questioned and a hearing would be held to determine his status regardless of the outcome of the trial.

Attorney Randy Salky, who was appointed by the court to represent Sanluis-Espinoza, said his goal was to get Sanluis-Espinoza home to his family in Mexico.

"This is the fastest and quickest way to accomplish that," he said.

A preliminary hearing for Jorge Orduno-Acuno, also arrested with Sanluis-Espinoza, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 13. The third suspect, Alexander Ocho-Espinoza, will appear at an arraignment at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Comments

mmjPatient22 4 years, 5 months ago

So, what happens when he gets off the plane in Mexico and then jumps right back over the border? Do we deport him again to show him how serious we are?

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Jason Miller 4 years, 5 months ago

Wow MMJ it is like you can see the future.Because that is exactly whats going to happen after he takes a first class trip on Tax Payer Airlines.

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mmjPatient22 4 years, 5 months ago

Well, it's a good thing the American people have the resolve and the intestinal fortitude to keep wasting their money on ensuring that this guy gets to go back home every once-in-a-while. Illegal immigrants miss their families too ya know. Besides, it makes way more sense to just deal with the after-math of illegal immigration than it does to beef up measures that would prevent the current amount of border disregard from continuing. (For those that had a hard time picking up on the sarcasm with-in the above post, it is recommended that you stop reading these posts immediately and absolutely refrain from adding your own comments. Thank you.)

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mmjPatient22 4 years, 5 months ago

And, the answer is yes. I do have special powers that allow me a glimpse of events to come.

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stephb 4 years, 5 months ago

Too bad people like this make other legal immigrants who love America, and contribute to it positively look bad. (ie; not just working here and sending all money back home.) I am glad they convicted him, but it looks like he didnt get much of a punishment. The above comments gave me a good little chuckle. thanks. :)

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mmjPatient22 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm all for the people who move here with every intention of co-operating with our laws, especially laws about getting into our country. The rest of the crowd, the illegal ones, should be punished to the fullest extent of the law and then deported. To do something like this in Mexico, you'd be lucky to walk away with your life. You want to jump a border to rob us of our resources, you should expect everything that our legal system has to offer, however little that is. But at this point, the level of saturation that's been achieved by the illegal immigrants is almost beyond return. There's such a large gray area between legal and illegal anyway that we couldn't weed out all of the illegal ones, even if we tried. The sad state of affairs is that they permanently occupy us like we occupy the Middle East.

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