Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Tyler Morning Telegraph - ILLEGAL ALIEN

Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tomas Rodriguez-Martinez, also known as Christobal Moreno-Vasquez and Joel Atunes Salazar, pleaded guilty in U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie's court to entering the United States after he was deported.

He was indicted in May for being an illegal alien who had been deported to Mexico on May 7, 1998. He was found in the Henderson County Jail on April 19.

Rodriguez-Martinez was arrested and jailed in Henderson County March 5 on a probation revocation warrant. He was arrested and charged twice since his deportation under alias names, court documents state.

On May 12, 1998 he was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol for attempting to unlawfully reenter the country. He was arrested again by Border Patrol for making a false claim to U.S. citizenship with a supporting document., according to a complaint filed April 22 by Allen R. Hughes, an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stationed in Tyler.

Casey Knaupp covers state and federal courts. She can be reached at 903.596.6289. e-mail:


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