Horry County man previously deported, pleads guilty to coming back illegally

A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to an illegal re-entry charge in a Florence federal courtroom.

Miguel Pedroza-Naquid of Horry County pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Bryan Harwell, who will hand down a sentence after he reviews a report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s South Carolina District Office.

Evidence presented at the plea hearing showed that on August 20, 2017, Charleston-area ICE Enforcement Removal Operations officers found Pedroza-Naquid while he was jailed at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County on state charges, the release states.

Records were checked and showed Pedroza-Naquid is from Mexico and had been previously deported from the U.S., according to officials, who said he was never granted permission to enter the U.S.

The maximum penalty he could get is two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.