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Mexican National Man Sentenced for Immigration Crime

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

Defendant had two prior felony convictions and three prior deportations

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Mexican national man was sentenced to “time served”  for the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Eduardo Martinez-Campeano, 47, has been in federal custody for nearly five months.  Martinez-Campeano is also subject to deportation proceedings.   Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Two prior felony convictions and three prior deportations,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Illegal aliens pose a tremendous danger to our citizens.  We prosecute 100 percent of these cases and will continue to do so.  My advice to those who want to join in the greatness of this nation – GET IN LINE AND WAIT YOUR TURN.”

On April 10, 2018, Martinez-Campeano was traced to a hotel in Huntington, West Virginia by members of ICE after receiving a tip that defendant was in the country illegally and working at a restaurant in Barboursville, West Virginia.  ICE agents approached Martinez-Campeano and he surrendered to them. Agents promptly confirmed that Martinez-Campeano was not in the United States legally, and took him into federal custody.

Martinez-Campeano fingerprints matched him to a 2007 Missouri felony Forgery conviction. After his felony sentence in Missouri was discharged, Martinez-Campeano was deported from the United States. Martinez-Campeano reentered the United States and was removed from the United States for a second time in 2010.   Sometime afterword,  Martinez-Campeano reentered the United States and was captured in Texas.  He was convicted of the federal criminal offense of  Reentry of a Removed Alien in 2012.  Once again, defendant  Martinez-Campeano was deported from the United States.   Martinez-Campeano illegally reentered the United States for a fourth time prior to his capture in 2018.   Martinez-Campeano admitted to ICE agents that he was a Mexican citizen subject to deportation proceedings.  He entered a guilty plea on June 4, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.


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Updated September 4, 2018