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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Survey crew workers in country illegally, face deportation

By Michael Jones, HT Staff Writer
Gaylord Herald Times
August 16, 2011

CHESTER TWP. —Two members of a survey crew with Precision Geophysical Inc., an Ohio-based seismic recording services company, are facing deportation to Mexico after deputies from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) determined Sunday the pair were in the country illegally.

On Tuesday, OCSD Deputy Tim Hogan said his department was dispatched Sunday around 12:40 p.m. to an M-32 residence in Chester Township for a trespassing complaint involving four members of the survey crew.

Hogan said the company had been providing contracted service work in the area.

After making contact with the four survey crew members, deputies determined two of the men, Eligio Franco-Cruz, 50, and Danian Franco-Loaeza, 28, were both from Mexico and in the country illegally.

Hogan said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from Sault Ste. Marie were contacted and took the two subjects into custody for deportation. The two men were lodged in the Otsego County Jail while awaiting ICE officers to arrive in Gaylord.

ICE is currently investigating the company regarding employee’s status of the other members working with Precision Geophysical in the area.

According to Hogan, when ICE officers attempted to make contact Monday with the rest of the survey crew, three of the company’s employees had failed to show up for work on that day.

Hogan indicated arrest warrants for trespassing of the two survey workers not facing deportation were being sought.,0,7954214.story