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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Honduras Man Convicted Entering the U.S. After Removal

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Mario Ernesto Garcia-Zavala, 22, a citizen of Honduras, was convicted today following non-jury trial in U.S. District Court of having entered the United States after being removed or deported.

The evidence at trial showed that Garcia-Zavala, who had unlawfully entered the United States, was ordered removed to Honduras on March 29, 2014 and was in fact removed on a government airplane four days later.  Garcia-Zavala did not apply for permission to reenter the United States. He was arrested in Portland on September 9, 2017 after a Maine State Trooper stopped the van in which he was a passenger for traffic violations.  

Garcia-Zavala faces up to two years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and two years of supervised release.  He will be sentenced after the United States Probation Office prepares a presentence report. It is expected that Garcia-Zavala will be returned to Honduras after his sentence is completed.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Removal Operations and the Maine State Police.

Jonathan R. Chapman Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated March 21, 2018