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Colombian National Pleads Guilty for Illegal Re-Entry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – JEAN PAUL SABOGAL-ANGARITA, age 27, plead guilty on February 21, 2024 for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court document, JEAN PAUL SABOGAL-ANGARITA (“SABOGAL-ANGARITA”) is a citizen of Columbia and has no legal right to be in the United States. On  February 18, 2023, SABOGAL-ANGARITA was arrested by Tangipahoa Parish law enforcement officials in Tickfaw, Louisiana for allegedly being involved in a group stealing cell phones during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. SABOGAL-ANGARITA was arrested by federal authorities on June 21, 2023 for the illegal re-entry offense. Research of federal government databases revealed that SABOGAL-ANGARITA had been previously removed from Miami, Florida on September 21, 2016, pursuant to a removal order. He knowingly reentered the U.S. after being removed and was found to be present in the Eastern District of Louisiana without the permission of either the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of Homeland Security.

SABOGAL-ANGARITA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a maximum fine of up to $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of up to one year, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carter K.D. Guice, Jr. of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated February 26, 2024