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Mexican National Sentenced for Drug and Immigration Offenses

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

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that SALVADOR ORDONEZ-MALDONADO, age 58, a native of Mexico, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to a two-count Bill of Information for possession with intent to distribute 27 kilograms of marijuana and illegal reentry of a previously removed alien.


U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan sentenced ORDONEZ to 51 months of incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee as to each count. Following completion of his sentence, ORDONEZ will be surrendered to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.


According to court documents, agents from Homeland Security Investigations received information that packages containing 27 kilograms of marijuana were being sent via FedEx to Abita Springs, Louisiana from Memphis, Tennessee. The packages were originally sent to Memphis from Mexico. An undercover agent made a controlled delivery to the Abita Springs residence on April 29, 2015. The agents then served a search warrant and recovered the marijuana as the packages were being opened by ORDONEZ in the garage.  ORDONEZ had been previously deported from the United States on February 8, 2013.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, Louisiana State Police, and the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri was in charge of the prosecution.


Updated November 28, 2017

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