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04.18.07

6 more arrested at Swift plant plead guilty

Amarillo, Texas   Six more now-ex-workers arrested in a December raid at the Swift meatpacking plant in Cactus have pleaded guilty to charges.

The former meatpacking plant employees entered pleas today in federal court in Amarillo.

Prosecutors say the investigation focused on use of Social Security numbers by illegal immigrants to gain employment.

Four defendants each pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in connection with an immigration document. Jesus (hay-SOOS') Gutierrez-Ramos, Domingo Velasquez-Gutierrez, Manuel Castro-Pablo and Cristino Pablo-Alonzo each face up to ten years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine.

Two pleaded guilty to misdemeanor unlawful entry by an illegal alien. Juan Tecum-Tecum and Antonio Hernandez-Mejia (meh-HEE'-yah) both face up to six months in prison and a five-thousand-dollar fine.

The U-S Attorney's office says all 53 defendants charged in the Swift Cactus raid have now entered guilty pleas. No sentencing dates have been set.

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