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Press Release

Honduran Man Charged With Illegal Re-entry

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

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOSE ANGEL ESPINOZA-FUENTES, age 42, a native of Honduras, was charged today in a one-count indictment with illegal reentry of a removed alien, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to the indictment, ESPINOZA-FUENTES was previously removed from the United States on July 22, 2011. He was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on

July 1, 2018 and had not received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter.

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

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

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

Updated August 9, 2018