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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 9, 2018

Illegal aliens from Mexico plead guilty to re-entering the United States after being removed twice

United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that two illegal aliens from Mexico pleaded guilty this week to re-entering the United States after having been previously removed twice.

SHREVEPORT, La. On August 24, 2018, Alfredo Holguin-Mendez, 34, of Mexico, was arrested in Shreveport for solicitation of prostitution.  After law enforcement determined he was in the United States illegally, Homeland Security Investigations agents took custody of Holguin-Mendez and learned that he had previously been deported twice.  In 2005, Holguin-Mendez pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated with a child passenger in Midland, Texas, and was removed to Mexico in 2006 after serving his sentence.  In 2008, Holguin-Mendez was arrested after a traffic stop for illegal re-entry into the United States and was subsequently removed.  In 2011, Shreveport police arrested Holguin-Mendez for possession of cocaine to which he pleaded guilty.  Holguin-Mendez was sentenced to time served and released before Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could take custody of him.  He remained a fugitive until his August 2018 arrest.

Holguin-Mendez faces 10 years to life in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for February 26, 2019.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara is prosecuting the case.

 

LAKE CHARLES, La. – After being arrested in Calcasieu Parish, Salvador Julian Vasquez-Esquivel, 35, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien.  According to the complaint and the guilty plea, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle Vasquez-Esquivel was in on August, 16, 2018.  Pursuant to a request by the deputy, a U.S. Border Patrol agent conducted a records check on the defendant and discovered that he had been removed from the United Stated twice before with the most recent occurring on December 18, 2015.

Vasquez-Esquivel faces up to two years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for March 26, 2019.

United States Border Patrol and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Forrest Phillips is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated November 9, 2018