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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Immigration Offense

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that BERNARDO RAMIREZ-VARGAS, age 33, a native of Mexico, pled guilty today to a one-count Indictment charging him with illegal reentry of a removed alien, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to court documents, RAMIREZ-VARGAS was previously removed from the United States on June 30, 2011. RAMIREZ-VARGAS was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on January 25, 2016 and had not received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter.

RAMIREZ-VARGAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, as well as a fine of $250,000.  U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for July 7, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated March 31, 2016