Suspected illegal alien arrested in cruise line

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 30, 2004

Ironton's cruise line has a reputation all its own, and draws visitors from the nether points of this states as well as neighboring states. One man arrested in the cruise line Saturday may hold the record for distance traveled to get here. In fact, authorities are investigating to see if he is an illegal alien.

Fernando G. Hernandez, 21, of Clearwater, Fla., was charged Saturday with driving without an operator's license and not using headlights. Ironton police detective Jim Akers said the U.S. Customs Office and the FBI have been contacted because Hernandez also could not produce a green card - the common term used for official documents allowing a non-citizen to work in this country.

"I stopped him on Third Street in front of the city building," Akers said. "He was driving a car with Mississippi tags."

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Hernandez was taken to the Lawrence County Jail.