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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Immigration Offense

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JUAN SALAMANCA-CHAVEZ, age 32, a native of Mexico, pled guilty today to a one-count Indictment charging him with illegal entry of a removed alien, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326(a).


According to court documents, SALAMANCA-CHAVEZ, was previously removed from the United States on February 9, 2016. He was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on October 28, 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.


SALAMANCA-CHAVEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, as well as a fine of $250,000. United States District Court Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing for April 5, 2017.


U.S. Attorney Polite 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.

Updated February 17, 2017