MOBILE, AL – A Mexican national was sentenced on Friday May 5, 2023, to two years in prison for being unlawfully in the United States after having been previously removed from the country.
According to court documents, on November 7, 2022, the Mobile Police Department received a report of a stolen U-Haul car trailer and an attempted theft of a U-Haul utility trailer from an authorized U-Haul dealer in Mobile, Alabama. Officers from the Mobile Police Department responded to the scene and found Ignacio Gallardo Flores nearby. Flores was arrested for attempted theft of property first degree, theft of property second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations of Mobile investigated and determined that Flores had been previously removed from the United States on two occasions. ICE also determined that Flores had been previously convicted of two felony offenses, including burglary of a building and burglary of a habitation in violation of Texas state law. ICE verified that Flores did not have any lawful authority to be voluntarily present in the United States when he was arrested by the Mobile Police Department for theft-related charges.
Flores was sentenced to a term of three years supervised release to follow his imprisonment. Upon release from imprisonment, Flores was ordered to be delivered to a duly authorized Immigration official for deportation consideration.
U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Mobile Police Department investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Kopf prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.