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

Friday, March 23, 2018

Mexican Man Charged with Illegal Reentry

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOSE ARTEAGA-CENTENO, age 43, a native of Mexico, was charged yesterday 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, ARTEAGA-CENTENO was previously removed from the United States on May 24, 2013. He was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 8, 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, ARTEAGA-CENTENO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of $250,000, three years 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 March 23, 2018