A 39-year-old man who resided in Biloxi, Miss. and who sold hundreds of false identity documents to illegal aliens pleaded guilty here Friday, Oct. 20, to one count involving counterfeit identity documents following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.
Camilo Calihua-Leynes, aka “Jessi Garcia,” of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing and distributing fraudulent government identification documents. Also pleading guilty to the charges were Raymundo Sanchez-Martinez, 29, Juan Manuel Calihua-Garcia, 19, and Enrique Hernandez-Cabrera, 26.
The federal search warrant that was executed at their residence on Haise Street in Biloxi, April 26, 2006, yielded numerous fraudulent alien registration cards, Social Security cards and document manufacturing equipment. Also encountered at the residence were 15 illegal aliens from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala. The illegal aliens were subsequently processed and placed into removal proceedings.
"The actions of these four criminals who profited from producing and selling false documents undermine the integrity of our country's legal documents," said Michael A. Holt, special agent-in-charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in New Orleans. "ICE will continue to aggressively pursue those involved in this type of criminal activity as it poses a national security threat."
All four men will be turned over to ICE and placed into removal proceedings upon the completion of their criminal sentences.
These arrests are part of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), a comprehensive multi-year plan by the Department of Homeland Security to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration. Under SBI, Homeland Security seeks to gain operational control of both the northern and southern borders, while re-engineering the detention and removal system to ensure that illegal aliens are removed from the country quickly and efficiently. SBI also involves strong interior enforcement efforts, including enhanced worksite enforcement investigations and intensified efforts to track down and remove illegal aliens inside this country.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gaines Cleveland prosecuted this case.