A former Muscatine man is headed to prison.

Thirty-six year old Jose Eduardo Muniz Ortiz was sentenced to six years, five months in Davenport federal court for illegally re-entering the United States following deportation. After prison, Muniz Ortiz will be released to the custody of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – or ICE -- for deportation or further immigration proceedings.

Muniz Ortiz was convicted in Muscatine County District Court of a drug trafficking offense in 2008 and released to the custody of ICE in 2010 following his prison term.

He was stripped of his status as a lawful permanent resident alien and deported to his native country of Mexico in 2011.

In early 2012, Muniz Ortiz illegally re-entered the United States and returned to the Muscatine area.

Police investigating Muniz Ortiz’ involvement in a traffic accident arrested him after he initially gave police a false name and tried to run from the officers.

He was indicted in July 2012 for illegal re-entry and entered a guilty plea in September 2012.

Muniz Ortiz was subject to an enhanced sentence based on his prior convictions for two aggravated felony offenses: the 2008 drug trafficking offense and a 2001 assault offense.

Phil Roberts, KWPC News.


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