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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Melvin Jeovany Vasquez Pleads Guilty To Illegal Reentry

MELVIN JEOVANY VASQUEZ, age 30, a citizen of Honduras pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey to a one-count indictment charging him with illegal re-entry of a removed alien, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, VASQUEZ admitted to being an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was found in the United States, on April 7, 2013, without having obtained consent from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States.

The indictment charging VASQUEZ with illegal reentry also included a notice of sentencing enhancement based on his prior felony conviction.  With the enhancement, the charge carries a maximum statutory penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  Sentencing for the defendant is scheduled for August 20, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.   

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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