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Mexican Citizen Indicted For Illegally Reentering The United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Armando Lara-Contreras, age 33, a Citizen of Mexico, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for illegally reentering the United States.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Lara-Contreras was previously removed from the United States on February 24, 2016, through Brownsville, Tx, and it is alleged that he was subsequently found in the United States without having first obtained legal permission to reenter the country.  The indictment also alleges that on April 29, 2024, Lara-Contreras was encountered in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. 

The case was investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations.  Assistant United States Attorney K. Wesley Mishoe is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for the charged offense is two years imprisonment, one year of supervised release following imprisonment, a fine, and a special assessment. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by a court after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court. 


Updated June 27, 2024