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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mexican National Sentenced for Illegally Reentry

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LAZARO CARBAJAL-AVILES, age 43, a Mexican citizen, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to a one-count Indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien.    

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced CARBAJAL-AVILES to seven months imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Following his incarceration, CARBAJAL-AVILES will be surrendered to the custody of the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

According to court documents, on or about July 30, 2014, CARBAJAL-AVILES was encountered by agents of the Louisiana Wildlife Enforcement Agency while officers were patrolling Bayou Point-aux-chien in Lafourche Parish.  Agents observed a vessel with several sacks of oysters on board.  Agents then conducted a license check on the vessel and the vessel’s captain, CARBAJAL-AVILES. Agents then arrested CARBAJAL-AVILES for fishing without a license, harvesting oysters without a valid license and filing false public records.  Agents also discovered that CARBAJAL-AVILES was present in the United States illegally and, as such, contacted US Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

An ICE records check confirmed that CARBAJAL-AVILES had been previously deported from the United States on three occasions and that he has no legal status in the United States.  Accordingly, ICE agents arrested CARBAJAL-AVILES and placed an immigration hold on him.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Rick Veters is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 26, 2015