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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Illegal Alien indicted on reentry charge

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A Mexican man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a reentry charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Victor Eduardo Zepeda-Garcia, also known as Victor Eduardo Garcia-Zepeda, age 31, a citizen of Mexico, was indicted on one count of “Reentry of Removed Alien.” Zepeda-Garcia, an illegal alien, is accused of reentering the United States after being removed in March 2016 near Del Rio, Texas. Zepeda-Garcia is accused of being in Lewis County, West Virginia on March 3, 2018.

Zepeda-Garcia faces up to two years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci M. Cook is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated April 17, 2018