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Police arrest undocumented immigrant in Mississippi with trying to sell cocaine

October 9, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police arrest undocumented immigrant in Mississippi with trying to sell cocaine

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An undocumented immigrant, who was residing in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, was arrested by authorities for reportedly attempting to distribute more than $2,000 worth of cocaine. The arrest occurred after a months-long probe into the alleged illicit drug enterprise.

Local affiliate WTVA reported that 42-year-old, an undocumented immigrant who used the alias “Ferdando Perez,” was taken into custody and charged by the Tishomingo Sheriff’s Department and Burnsville Police Department for the possession of $2,300 worth of cocaine with intent to distribute.

At the time the suspect’s arrest, he proceeded to use his alias, police reported in a statement. Along with the cocaine discovered on Moreno, law enforcement officials also recovered two firearms at his home, WTVA reported.

Police did not indicate whether the guns were illegally smuggled into the U.S.

According to reports, Moreno is also facing related charges in another Mississippi city. He was out of prison on bond stemming from a 2015 charge of aggravated assault.

Authorities reported that Moreno is the target of an ongoing investigation by federal immigration officials at Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) for his illegal standing.

The case is an ongoing probe that is being conducted concurrently with Homeland Security, the Tishomingo Sheriff’s Department, Burnsville Police Department, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Moreno is currently behind bars at the Tishomingo County Jail on a $7,500 bond for the drug possession charge, according to court documents.

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