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Illegal alien from Honduras arrested in Sulphur pleads guilty to illegally re-entering U.S.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that an illegal alien from Honduras who was arrested in Sulphur, Louisiana, pleaded guilty Wednesday to re-entering the United States illegally after having been previously removed from the United States four times.

Boney D. Cruz-Funez, 31, of Honduras, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien. According to the guilty plea, on April 11, 2018, Sulphur police conducted a traffic stop on Cruz-Funez’s vehicle on Interstate 10. After the stop, he admitted to being in the country illegally.  Cruz-Funez was removed from the United States previously on four occasions with the last removal taking place on May 28, 2013 from San Antonio, Texas.

Cruz-Funez faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for November 19, 2018.

United States Border Patrol and the Sulphur Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert F. Moore is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 22, 2018