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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Subject of INTERPOL Red Notice Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

NORFOLK, Va. – A Mexican citizen who is the subject of an INTERPOL “Red Notice” pleaded guilty today to illegally reentering the country after having been previously removed. 

According to court documents, Cesar Fernando Valenzuela-Alvarez, 42, who most recently was living in Chesapeake, had illegally entered the United States and been removed to Mexico on multiple occasions. On October 17, he was taken into custody in Chesapeake after officers learned he was the subject of an INTERPOL “Red Notice”. 

Valenzuela-Alvarez pleaded guilty to illegal reentry and faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison when sentenced on April 3, 2019. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Russell Hott, Field Office Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C., made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Bosse is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-167.

Joshua Stueve Director of Communications
Updated December 19, 2018