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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Illegal alien from Honduras arrested in Lafayette Parish sentenced to 3 years in prison for illegally re-entering U.S. 3rd time

LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that an illegal alien from Honduras was sentenced to a total of 36 months in prison for re-entering the United States after being deported on two previous occasions and for violating an earlier term of supervised release.

Henry Ariel Canacas-Cortez, 26, also known as Henry Ariel Gonzales-Canacas, of Francisco Morazan, Talanga, Honduras, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to 24 months in prison on one count of illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien. He was also sentenced to 12 months to run consecutively to the 24-month term for the revocation of his supervised release entered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. According to the May 4, 2018 guilty plea, Lafayette Sheriff’s deputies arrested Canacas-Cortez on March 1, 2018. He admitted to providing a false name to officers when arrested and later admitted to illegally re-entering the United States on two prior occasions. He was arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2015 for attempted distribution of controlled substances and was deported on August 12, 2015. He was found to be in the United States a second time, and he was removed on July 14, 2017. He illegally entered the United States a third time on December 16, 2017 prior to his arrest. 

Homeland Security Investigations and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Ayo prosecuted the case.

Updated August 7, 2018