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Illegal Alien Sentenced to 37 Months and Fined $15,000

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that JOSE ARTEAGA-CENTENO, age 44, a native of Mexico, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien.

According to court documents, on March 8, 2018, ARTEAGA-CENTENO was found in the United States after having been previously deported from the United States on May 24, 2013.  Further, on September 29, 2011, ARTEAGA-CENTENO was previously convicted of a felony.

United States District Court Judge Martin L.C. Feldman sentenced ARTEAGA-CENTENO to thirty-seven (37) months in prison, and ordered him to pay a $15,000 fine. A three year term of supervised release was also imposed, in addition to a $100 special assessment fee.  Following the completion of his sentence, the defendant will be surrendered to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

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


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Updated December 13, 2018