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Convicted Human Smuggler Caught by Border Patrol is Sentenced to Jail

On October 24, 2019, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Grand Forks sector Portal Station agents apprehended Fernando Oviedo-Ortiz for being illegally present in the United States. Record checks revealed Oviedo-Ortiz, a Mexican National, was previously convicted for human smuggling in McAllen, Texas in 2008.  He was sentenced to 8 months in prison before being removed to Mexico.

On January 6, 2020, in U.S. District Court, Fargo, North Dakota, Oviedo-Ortiz was convicted of reentry after deportation and sentenced to 75 days.

All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.

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