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Press Release

Mexican National Indicted for Illegal Re-Entry

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that JUAN MARTINEZ-CASTANEDA, a/k/a “Fernando A. Lopez”, a/k/a “Juan C. Martinez”, a/k/a “Oscar Flores”, a/k/a “Martin Peralta”, a/k/a “Juan Castaneda”, age 54, was charged on August 4, 2022 in a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to the indictment, JUAN MARTINEZ-CASTANEDA (“MARTINEZ-CASTANEDA”) reentered the United States after he was previously deported on February 3, 2003.  If convicted, MARTINEZ-CASTANEDA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a maximum fine of up to $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of up to one year, and a mandatory $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 in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.


Updated August 5, 2022