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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 19, 2013

Melvin Jeovany Vasquez Indicted For Illegal Reentry

MELVIN JEOVANY VASQUEZ, age 30, a citizen of Honduras, was charged in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury today with illegal reentry by an alien previously removed, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to the indictment, on or about April 7, 2013, VASQUEZ, an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was found in the United States, within the Eastern District of Louisiana, without having obtained consent from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States.

If convicted, VASQUEZ, who was convicted of a felony prior to his previous removal, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000.00 and 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE) as part of Operation Safe Neighborhood.  The prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.

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