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Press Release

El Salvadorian National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

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

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BENJAMIN GARCIA-VASQUEZ, age 50, a native of El Salvador, pled guilty yesterday to a one-count Indictment charging him with illegal entry of a removed alien.


According to court documents, GARCIA-VASQUEZ was previously removed from the United States on October 26, 2012.  GARCIA-VASQUEZ was found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on July 26, 2017, without having received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter the country.


GARCIA-VASQUEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, one year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.  U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for January 12, 2018.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney David Howard Sinkman is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated November 30, 2017