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Local briefs, April 23, 2007

Staff Report • Apr 22, 2007 at 6:57 AM

Illegal alien to be sent back to Brazil

CHURCH HILL - Church Hill police investigating the report of a suspicious moving truck last week reportedly found the truck to be legitimate, but one of the workers to be a wanted illegal alien from Brazil. Police Chief Mark Johnson said that his department received the call of a suspicious moving truck from a resident in the Deerfield subdivision around 10:15 p.m. Thursday. The caller was concerned about the truck being in the neighborhood late at night. Upon checking the vehicle and occupants, CHPD Officer Chip Whitaker learned that the passenger was Herminio Rodrigues Pereira, 41, of Brazil. A computer check of Pereira revealed he was wanted by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he is in the United States illegally. He was transported to the Hawkins County Jail, where he is waiting to be picked up by ICE agents and then deported back to Brazil.

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