3 arrested in Minot for immigrant status

Federal officials have announced that three men have been arrested in Minot since last week for various immigration-related charges.

“These arrests occurred at numerous locations and were not the result of any raid,” said a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday.

The arrests of Carlos Cazares-Vieyra, Samuel Padilla-Perez and Fernando Lopez-Bernal make a total of seven immigration-related arrests in Minot since late 2013. The four other arrests had charges filed last month.

Padilla-Perez, who has no prior immigration or criminal history, was working as a cook at a Minot franchise steakhouse restaurant when he was confronted by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on April 8. According to the criminal affidavit he had been working at the restaurant since Sept. 6, 2013. The affidavit also alleges that through his own statement Padilla-Perez entered the country near Douglas, Ariz., and obtained a false Social Security number and a false Lawful Permanent Resident card in Phoenix for $100 soon after entering the country.

Lopez-Bernal was arrested once previously for illegal immigration in Douglas, Ariz., but was granted a voluntary return to Mexico. He was arrested Friday on a sidewalk near an apartment he was renting on South Main Street while wearing a shirt bearing the logo of a local Italian restaurant chain that he was working at along with a local fast food chain at the time. He was also arrested for the use of fake immigration documents to gain employment since June 17, 2013. He did not make a statement to law enforcement so his point and date of entry to the country is not yet known.

Cazares-Vieyrna, who has no prior immigration or criminal history, was arrested April 7 for using false immigration documents to gain employment since June 18, 2012, at both the local Italian restaurant and steakhouse. In a statement given to law enforcement he said that he entered the U.S. near Douglas, Ariz., on June 5, 2012, and purchased his false documents in Phoenix for $200.