Federal agents arrested Cutberto Gallardo-Trujillo, 49, in June when they raided Corso’s Flower and Garden Centers in Perkins and Castilia.
Later that month, the U.S. Attorney’s office indicted Gallardo-Trujillo and seven others for illegal re-entry into the country after deportation. In immigration law, being in the country without documentation is a civil offense, but the act of illegally entering the country is a criminal offense.
Gallardo-Trujillo was previously deported twice — in 1994 and 2003 — and had two past convictions for charges related to cocaine trafficking, according to court documents.
He re-entered the country for the third time in 2005 and has not committed any crimes since, according to his sentencing memorandum. He worked at Corso’s from 2005 until the 2018 raid.
In his memorandum, Gallardo-Trujillo’s attorney argued for him to be removed to Mexico in lieu of a prison term because he’s the sole source of income for his three U.S. citizen children.
But Judge Jack Zouhary of the U.S. District Court in Toledo sentenced Gallardo-Trujillo to three years and four months in a federal prison. He was given credit for time already served.
Judge Zouhary ruled the prison should be as close to Norwalk as possible and once his term is complete he must report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.
Gallardo-Trujillo is the first of the indicted workers from Corso’s to be sentenced to prison. Others who pleaded guilty and were sentenced received time already served and were deported.