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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Friday, February 3, 2017

Guatemalan National Charged with Illegal Reentry

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RUDY OTONIEL AZANON-RODAS, age 51, a citizen of Guatemala, was charged today in a one-count Bill of Information for reentry of a removed alien, in violation of8 U.S.C. § 1326.

According to the Bill of Information, on or about December 29, 2016, AZANON­ RODAS was found in the United States after having been officially deported and removed on or about May 2, 1986.

If convicted, AZANON-RODAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a fine of $250,000, one year supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.


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


U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Irene Gonzalez is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 7, 2017