An Orangeburg resident has pleaded guilty to entering the United States illegally.
42-year-old Felix Delfino-Sanchez, a native of Mexico, admitted in federal court Friday that he knowingly entered the U.S. in an illegal fashion. Authorities arrested Delfino-Sanchez with three other men at an Orangeburg County residence and charged them with a drug violation after an investigation revealed that a package shipped to the residence contained marijuana. During a further probe, it was discovered that the men were illegal aliens.
Two of the men Axol Sanchez-Ignacio, and Alberto Mendez-Perez pled guilty to federal immigration charges and are awaiting sentencing. The remaining defendant still has not gone to trial. Delfino-Sanchez will be sentenced after the judge has reviewed the presentence report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. He faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Delfino-Sanchez previously entered the country illegally on two other occasions. He was voluntarily removed from the U.S. in 2001 and 2007.