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More legal troubles for Adam Baker?

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By Steve Crump - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - During the search for Zahra Baker police have stumbled onto another legal issue.

One federal law enforcement agency involved in finding the 10-year-old girl was alerted that Adam Baker's immigration status may be in trouble.

Ann Crotty is an immigration lawyer who works with Charlotte's International House.

"The government can actually detain the person...actually put them in a detention facility," she said.

Crotty would not specifically talk about the Baker issue, but says Immigration and Customs Enforcement better know as ICE takes such a matter seriously.

"If someone is arrested there is usually and detainer issued by ice."

Adam Baker faces list of charges ranging from bad checks to assault.

Sources familiar with his case say that the Australian native may have overstayed his welcome in the states.

Investigators in at least two police agencies have knowledge that  his  work visa may be expired.

Victoria Gonzales specializes in immigration law, and seen cases like Bakers.

She said, "If you don't extend the visa, they will put you in deportation proceedings."

 Gonzales says if  individuals with out of date documentation end up in trouble with the law, because of other offenses the local agencies cases take priority.

"If someone has been placed in removal proceedings because of a crime, they take care of that issue first, and then they are placed in deportation."

Adam Baker has not been charged with any crimes related to his daughter's disappearance.

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