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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOEL FLORES-GONZALES, age 42, a native of Mexico, pled guilty today to a one-count Indictment charging him with illegal entry of a removed alien.

According to the court documents, FLORES-GONZALES previously removed from the United States on June 20, 2016. He was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 12, 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.

FLORES-GONZALES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 2 years, a fine of $250,000, one year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee. U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey set sentencing for July 17, 2018.

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.

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Updated May 29, 2018