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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

An Illegal Aggravated Felon With A Prior Meth Conviction Sentenced To 24 Months For Illegally Reentering The United States

ATHENS – An illegal aggravated felon was sentenced to 24 months today for re-entering the United States after being deported in 2014, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Dionicio Garcia Aguirre, of Mexico, was sentenced in Athens, Georgia federal court by the Honorable C. Ashley Royal. Mr. Aguirre will be deported for a second time following this latest term of imprisonment.

Mr. Aguirre was first convicted in Athens federal court on March 10, 2010 of Possession with Intent to Distribute more than 500 grams of Methamphetamine. After serving a prison sentence, Mr. Aguirre was deported in June 2014. On November 2, 2017, U.S. Probation filed a petition to revoke Mr. Aguirre’s supervised release on the methamphetamine conviction after gaining knowledge of his illegal presence in Franklin County, Georgia. In February 2018, Mr. Aguirre was arrested for a traffic offense, and was later taken into federal custody.

“This convicted felon was deported by the government after serving a sentence for distributing a large quantity of illegal meth in our state, and then completely ignored the clear direction of the United States to never cross illegally into our country again,” said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “The illegal re-entry of criminals into our country is a serious offense, and we will continue to protect our citizens by enforcing the law. I want to thank investigators with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their work in this matter.”

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett is prosecuting the case for the Government.

Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.

Updated January 10, 2019