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Published July 05, 2010, 07:29 AM

Farm workers in Oakes plead guilty

FARGO (AP) — Nine of 32 Oakes farm laborers detained in May have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and been turned over to immigration officials for deportation.

FARGO (AP) — Nine of 32 Oakes farm laborers detained in May have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and been turned over to immigration officials for deportation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase says nine men entered pleas to charges of either re-entry following deportation or possessing counterfeit documents. They were sentenced to time served.

Chase said the other farm laborers were turned over to immigration officials upon their May 19 arrests at Four Star Ag in Oakes. He wasn’t sure whether any of the men had been deported yet.

Four Star Ag owner Barry Vculek said he hired the men through a labor contractor and didn’t know they were in the country illegally.

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