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Colombian National Pleads Guilty to Immigration Offense

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MARCELINO OLAVE-GRANJA, age 46, a native of Colombia, pled guilty today to a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to court documents, OLAVE-GRANJA was previously removed from the United States on June 9, 1998. OLAVE-GRANJA was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on June 11, 2015 and had not received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter.

OLAVE-GRANJA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two (2) years, as well as a fine of $250,000.  United States District Court Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for April 13, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of United States Customs and Border Protection agents in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 10, 2016