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Published: Wednesday, 6/9/2010

Man given 4-year term for drug trafficking

A man twice deported from the United States to Mexico after being convicted of criminal offenses in Illinois was sentenced yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on drug charges.

Alejandro Murillo, 32, who was living in Joliet, Ill., was sentenced to four years in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.

The Ohio Highway Patrol said troopers stopped a vehicle with Pennsylvania registration for speeding March 29 on the Ohio Turnpike. Murillo was arrested after a drug-sniffing dog found heroin. The offense was the third time Murillo, who was in the United States illegally, had been arrested.

He was deported in 2000 after serving time in an Illinois prison for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and again in 2004 after arrest for misdemeanor domestic battery.

According to Assistant County Prosecutor Frank Spryszak, the U.S. Border Patrol has indicated it will attain custody of Murillo for deportation after he serves his sentence. If he is found to have entered the United States again, he could be prosecuted for illegal re-entry and face up to 20 years in prison.

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