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Central American Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Being Deported

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

A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to more than two months in federal prison.

Pedro Saban-Lares, age 48, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Toledo, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 12, 2023, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported.

At the guilty plea, Saban-Lares admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Saban-Lares was previously deported in February 2017.  After he illegally returned to the United States, Saban-Lares illegally worked using someone else’s name and social security number.  On March 10, 2023, immigration officials learned Saban-Lares had illegally returned to the United States and found Saban-Lares at the Tama County Jail following his arrest on state charges.

Saban-Lares was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Saban-Lares was sentenced to 73 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Saban-Lares is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to immigration officials.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-19.

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Updated May 31, 2023