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Previously Removed Felon and Mexican National Sentenced to Two and a Half Years for Illegal Reentry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

MOBILE, AL – A Mexican national and previously convicted felon was sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegal reentry on January 9, 2023.
According to court documents, Adan Leija-Gutierrez, 36, of Mexico was arrested by the Mobile Police Department (MPD) for burglary first degree on July 16, 2022.  United States Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) were alerted to the arrest and confirmed that Leija-Gutierrez had been previously removed from the United States in 2012 and 2017 following separate felony convictions.

Leija-Gutierrez had been previously convicted in 2012 in North Carolina for indecent exposure by a defendant over the age of 18 with the victim being under the age of 16.  In 2017, Leija-Gutierrez was convicted of illegal reentry in North Carolina.  ICE/ERO confirmed that Leija-Gutierrez did not have legal permission to be in the United States at the time of his arrest for burglary by MPD.

Upon release from prison, Leija-Gutierrez was ordered to be delivered to an immigration official for deportation consideration.
U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Mobile Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin D. Kopf prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated January 19, 2023