THREE ALIENS INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY
Three aliens were indicted separately by a Federal Grand Jury today for illegal re-entry by an alien previously removed, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
ALEX ROBERTO ORTIS, age 34, and MAX EDGARDO MEZA-MANZANARES, age 33, both residents of Honduras, and JORGE BELTRAN-MARTINEZ, age 39, a resident of El Salvador, were each charged in one-count indictments for being an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, who 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, ORTIS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a fine of $250,000.00 and one year of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. MEZA, who was convicted of a felony prior to his previous removal, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. BELTRAN, who was convicted of an aggravated felony prior to his previous removal, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of each defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The ORTIS and MEZA cases were investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The BELTRAN case was investigated by U. S. Customs and Border Protection. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.
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