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ILLEGAL ALIEN INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 03, 2012

JORGE ALEXANDER MARTINEZ-BARELA, age 24, a citizen of Honduras was charged today in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for illegal re-entry into the United States by a removed alien, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, on or about January 25, 2012, MARTINEZ, an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was knowingly and unlawfully found in the United States in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana without the Attorney General or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security having expressly consented to his re-application for admission into the United States.

If convicted, MARTINEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten(10) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

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

The case was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Joe La Rocca.

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