Mexican Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Return to the United States After Removal and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person
Gulfport, Miss. – Alfredo Pavon-Carranza, 28, an illegal alien from Mexico, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to unlawfully re-entering the United States after having been removed previously as a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Gregory A. Bovino, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s New Orleans Sector. Pavon-Carranza is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Ozerden on November 8, 2018. He faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a maximum $250,000 fine.
On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Border Patrol received a phone call from a concerned citizen regarding a previously removed alien. The caller stated Alfredo Pavon-Carranza had returned to his residence in Biloxi, Mississippi, and had allegedly made a threat against a neighbor. A Biloxi Police Department “Be On the Look-out” Bulletin and Department of Homeland Security records checks corroborated the caller. Subsequent surveillance confirmed Pavon-Carranza’s address and he was arrested.
On September 13, 2017, a U.S. Immigration Judge in Oakdale, Louisiana, had ordered Pavon-Carranza removed from the United States. Pursuant to the judge’s order, Pavon-Carranza departed the United States on October 3, 2017. Pavon-Carranza had been convicted of a felony offense before his removal from the United States. Specifically, on April 4, 2008, Pavon-Carranza was convicted of Aggravated Assault, and was sentenced to five years in state prison.
U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the work of the City of Biloxi Police Department and the United States Border Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Stan Harris is the prosecutor for the case.