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After Being in the Country Illegally on Four Separate Occasions, Illegal Alien is Caught Again and Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Reentering the U.S.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi
Defendant Had Returned or Been Removed on at Least Three Prior Occasions

Gulfport, Miss. – Zenon Carbajal-Osorio, an illegal alien from Mexico, pled guilty today before Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to unlawful reentry by an alien after removal, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, and Jere Miles, Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans.

Carbajal-Osorio will be sentenced by Judge Guirola, on December 10, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison followed by one year of supervised release and a maximum $250,000 fine. He also faces being removed from the United States following the completion of any prison sentence.

On July 17, 2019, the Homeland Security Investigations office in Gulfport received a complaint that Carbajal-Osorio was physically present at the Jackson County Circuit Court in Jackson County Mississippi, after having previously been deported from the United States. Agents made contact with Carbajal-Osorio, who provided a Mexican passport as his means of identification. Agents questioned Carbajal-Osorio regarding his legal status to reside in the United States, which he did not deny being in the country without legal status, and in fact admitted to having been previously removed from the United States to Mexico. Further investigation revealed that Carbajal-Osorio had unlawfully entered the United States, and been lawfully removed from the United States, on multiple occasions.

On December 5, 2007, Carbajal-Osorio was encountered by Border Patrol Agents in o Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Agents determined that he was in the country illegally. He was granted a Voluntary Return to Mexico and he departed the United States through Hidalgo, Texas, on December 21, 2007.

On April 4, 2011, Mr. Carbajal-Osorio was encountered by an ICE Agent at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, having been arrested by local authorities for Domestic Abuse Battery (a local misdemeanor charge for which he was convicted and sentenced to 6 months in jail). Carbajal-Osorio was issued a Warrant of Removal/Deportation on November 1, 2011, and was physically removed from the United States, pursuant to the lawful removal order.

On October 18, 2012, Carbajal-Osorio was again encountered by Border Patrol Agents in the Southern District of Texas. He was issued an Order to Reinstate his lawful removal order from 2011, and he was returned to his home nation of Mexico from Laredo, Texas. At the time of his most recent removal, Carbajal-Osorio was prohibited from entering, attempting to enter, being in the United States or even lawfully applying to reenter the U.S. for a period of 20 years.

U.S. Attorney Hurst praised the cooperation exhibited by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Stan Harris is the prosecutor for the case.

Updated September 17, 2019