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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

9 illegal aliens arrested in the Western District of Louisiana plead guilty, sentenced for re-entering U.S.

LAKE CHARLES, SHREVEPORT, ALEXANDRIA, MONROE, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that nine illegal aliens arrested in the Western District of Louisiana pleaded guilty and were sentenced this week for re-entering the country.

 

3 illegal aliens from Mexico arrested in Southwest Louisiana plead guilty

            LAKE CHARLES, La. – Pedro Olvera-Gonzalez, 40; Juan Perez-Hernandez, 19; and Jose Miguel Boites-Huerta, 34, all of Mexico, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien in three separate cases. According to the guilty pleas, the defendants were arrested in southwest Louisiana and found to have re-entered the United States after being removed.

Olvera-Gonzalez was encountered by Border Patrol agents on September 6, 2018 at the Cameron Parish Jail and was found to have been deported four previous times in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2010.  His criminal history includes a vehicle burglary conviction on May 11, 1999, a vehicle burglary conviction on July 17, 2002 in Nueces County, Texas, an evading arrest conviction on November 17, 2009 in Hidalgo County, Texas, and a 2018 conviction in Cameron Parish for speeding, reckless operation, flight from an officer, lack of vehicle insurance, operation of a vehicle without lawful presence in the United States, no vehicle license and no motor vehicle headlamps.

Perez-Hernandez was detained by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies after a traffic stop on September 6, 2018 on Interstate-10 in Lake Charles.  He was turned over to Border Patrol agents who discovered that he was a citizen from Mexico and had been previously removed on August 9, 2018.

Boites-Huerta was arrested by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies after a traffic violation August 14, 2018 near Lake Charles.  He was later turned over to Border Patrol agents who discovered he was a citizen of Mexico and was not allowed to be in the United States.  He had been previously removed on December 13, 2010.

The defendants were sentenced at the guilty plea hearings to time served and are to be deported.

Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Ayo prosecuted the cases.

 

 

2 illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras plead guilty to illegally re-entering U.S.  

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Sergio Alejandro Rodriguez-Leija, 27, of Mexico, and Irrael Alverto, 40, of Honduras, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien in separate cases.  According to the guilty pleas, the defendants were arrested in southwest Louisiana and found to have re-entered the United States after being removed.

Rodriguez-Leija was arrested on August 27, 2018 by Border Patrol agents near Lake Charles.  He had been previously removed from the United States on November 14, 2016 near Carrizo Springs, Texas, and was not allowed to re-enter the country.

Alverto was arrested on July 9, 2018 by Sulphur Police near Sulphur, Louisiana.  He later admitted to Border Patrol agents that he was in the country illegally and had been previously removed on January 4, 2018.

The defendants were sentenced at the guilty plea hearings to time served and are to be deported.

Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol and the Sulphur Police Department investigated the cases.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the cases.

 

 

Illegal alien from Mexico found in Calcasieu Parish pleads guilty to re-entering U.S.  

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Juan Antonio Esparza-Martinez, 42, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien.  According to the guilty plea, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted U.S. Border Patrol concerning four individuals who had parked a car blocking traffic. Three of the individuals were in the United States legally, but Esparza-Martinez only provided a Mexican identification card.  Border Patrol agents determined that the defendant had been granted an expedited removal from the country on June 28, 2018.  He also had two previous voluntary removals.  Esparza-Martinez admitted that he is a citizen of Mexico who was removed in June of 2018 and re-entered the United States illegally in July of 2018 near Laredo, Texas.

The defendant was sentenced at the guilty plea hearing to time served and is to be deported.

Homeland Security Investigations and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly P. Uebinger and Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.

 

 

Illegal alien from Guatemala arrested in Webster parish pleads guilty to re-entry  

SHREVEPORT, La. – Rodrigo Apolonio Perez-Mejia, 26, of Guatemala, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien. According to the guilty plea, Sarepta Police dentained Perez-Mejia on August 19, 2018.  Upon further investigation, law enforcement agents learned that he was an alien who had been removed from the United States after U.S. Border Patrol arrested him on August 2, 2017 near Sasabe, Arizona.

The defendant was sentenced at the guilty plea hearing to time served and is to be deported.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Serepta Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath prosecuted the case.

 

 

Illegal alien from El Salvador found in Rapides parish pleads guilty  

ALEXANDRIA, La. – Jose Alfredo Bonilla-Cruz, 48, of Guatemala, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien.  According to the guilty plea, a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent made contact with Bonilla-Cruz on October 1, 2018 at the Rapides Parish Detention Center in Alexandria.  He was interviewed and admitted to not being a citizen.  It was also discovered that he had been removed from the United States three times in 1998, 2000 and 2004.

The defendant was sentenced at the guilty plea hearing to time served and is to be deported.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford prosecuted the case.

 

 

Illegal alien from Mexico arrested in West Monroe sentenced to six months 

MONROE, La. – Jose Juan Salinas-Saldana, 42, of Mexico, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison today before U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty on one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien.  According to the guilty plea, West Monroe police detained Salinas-Saldana on November 10, 2018.  Law enforcement agents learned that he was an illegal alien who had been removed from the United States in 2002.

Homeland Security Investigations and West Monroe Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated December 20, 2018