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Violent Mexican national sentenced for illegally re-entering the United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Sadat Alvarez-Sanchez, a Mexican national, has been sentenced for illegally entering the United States after having previously been deported.

“This office continues to collaborate closely with our federal partners to identify and prosecute violent criminals who disregard our immigration laws and unlawfully re-enter the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.

“This case is another example of the important work that the women and men of ICE do daily to keep our communities safe,” said ICE Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher.

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charge, and other information presented in court: Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) encountered Alvarez-Sanchez on September 24, 2018, in Hall County, Georgia. At the time, Alvarez-Sanchez was being held at the Hall County Detention Center following his arrest on felony drug charges. ERO officers performed a background check and determined that Alvarez-Sanchez had recently been deported from the United States on April 12, 2018.

Alvarez-Sanchez’s previous deportation resulted from convictions for violent felony offenses in North Carolina, including 2005 convictions for attempted first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first degree kidnapping and a 2012 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to seriously injure.  

Alvarez-Sanchez, 40, of Veracruz, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Story to two years, six months in federal prison.  He will be deported after completing his sentence.  Alvarez-Sanchez pleaded guilty on March 25, 2019, to illegally re-entering the United States.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Radics prosecuted the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated August 14, 2019