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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 16, 2015

Mexican National Indicted for Illegal Reentry

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that EFREN FLORES-MELOCHOR, age 40, a citizen of Mexico, was charged today in a one-count Indictment with illegal reentry into the United States after having been previously deported.

According to the Indictment, FLORES-MELCHOR was encountered by Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents in the Eastern District of Louisiana on December 10, 2014, after records showed he had been previously deported from the United States to Honduras on April 18, 2013.

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

U.S. Attorney Polite 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 Polite praised the work of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Veters is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 16, 2015