Two container ship stowaways discovered and arrested in Charleston were charged this morning with federal crimes.
Eddy Martinez Reyees, known as "El Barron", and Jose Miquel Crisostomo-Perez, or "ChiChi", made their first court appearance this morning, where formal charges were announced. Reyees is charged with reentry of an alien subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony. Crisostomo-Perez is charged with improper entry of an alien.
The men were discovered on a ship at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The charges against Reyees carry up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Crisostomo-Perez faces half a year in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.