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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Indictment: Guatemalan Returned Less Than Four Months After Being Deported

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Guatemalan man was indicted here Wednesday on charges of unlawfully returning to the United States less than four months after he was deported. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Andres Marcelo De Leon-Perez, 25, is charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States.

Documents filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., allege that on Dec. 27, 2018, Leon-Perez was deported and flown home to Guatemala. Less than four months later, April 11, 2019, he was found in Wyandotte County, Kan.

It was not the first time he was alleged to have returned unlawfully. On Nov. 4, 2017, the defendant was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol near Valentine, Texas. On Jan. 22, 2018, he was deported and flown home to Guatemala.

In his most recent arrest, De Leon-Perez was one of 10 persons detained after the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped their vehicle in Paola, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Krug is prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

 

Jordy Ulises Cody-Lemus, 20, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found April 11, 2019, in Wyandotte County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Krug is prosecuting.

 

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

 

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Updated May 9, 2019