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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOSE ARTEAGA-CENTENO, age 44, a native of Mexico, pled guilty yesterday to a one-count Indictment charging him with illegal entry of a removed alien.

According to court documents, ARTEAGA-CENTENO was previously removed from the United States on March 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.

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. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman set sentencing for September 19, 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 June 7, 2018