Previously Deported Illegal Alien Accused of Murder

( – An illegal alien facing murder charges for selling fentanyl to a man who later overdosed was discovered to have been previously deported in 2016 and then snuck back over the border.

Forty-six-year-old Jorge Miranda, who already had a long criminal history, was indicted by a grand jury in Clark County on Thursday, May 30, for 17 felony charges, the most serious of which is second-degree murder. The other charges include possession of a firearm as a prohibited person, carrying a concealed firearm, trafficking of a controlled substance, and selling a controlled substance, as well as a few other charges.

On Feb. 15, a 45-year-old man overdosed on fentanyl pills he purchased from Miranda, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). Shortly after, LVMPD obtained a search warrant and raided Miranda’s residence where they discovered over 174 grams of fentanyl pills, over 243 grams of cocaine, about $20,000 in cash, and four firearms.

There were already two active warrants for Miranda’s arrest at the time of the victim’s overdose; one was related to a traffic violation and the other to drug charges. Miranda was caught after he tried to sell 20 pills to an undercover agent for $400.

It turns out that Miranda’s run-ins with the law began back in the 80s after he first arrived in 1988 on a temporary visa and illegally overstayed his deadline. In 1997, Miranda was arrested and convicted in Las Vegas for petty theft and robbery, spending five months in prison. He was convicted again in 1998 of grand theft and was back in police custody the following year. Since 1997, and prior to the recent murder charges, Miranda had been arrested and booked six times.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) eventually deported Miranda after he was arrested for marijuana possession, speeding, and unlicensed driving in Las Vegas in 2016. A few years later, Miranda illegally crossed the US-Mexico border and made his way back to Las Vegas.

ICE placed a detainer on Miranda in the event of his release from jail. He’s currently being held on $250,000 bail.

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