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

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Illegal aliens from Mexico plead guilty to reentering the United States

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that two illegal aliens from Mexico pleaded guilty this week to reentering the United States after having been previously removed. United States Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay presided over the hearings. The pleas will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James. The court set the defendants’ sentencing hearings for October 1, 2018.

 

Illegal alien arrested in Allen Parish reentered United States 5th time

Bartolo Marquez-Cantera, 36, of Mexico, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of illegal reentry of a previously deported alien. According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents found Marquez-Cantera on March 28, 2018, in Allen Parish. After reviewing his record, he was found to have been removed from the United States on four previous occasions with the most recent removal being on October 6, 2011.

Marquez-Cantera faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. United States Customs and Border Protection conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Forrest Phillips is prosecuting the case.

 

Illegal alien arrested near Lake Charles reentered country 4th time

Sergio Garcia-Mateo, 30, of Mexico, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of illegal reentry of a previously deported alien. According to the guilty plea, U.S. Border Patrol agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle containing nine people on February 21, 2018 that was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles. Garcia-Mateo was questioned and stated that he was a citizen of Mexico. His file was reviewed, and he was found to be in the United States illegally after having been removed from the country in March of 2014, February of 2017 and January of 2018.

Garcia-Mateo faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. United States Border Patrol conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth is prosecuting the case.

 

Illegal alien arrested in Cameron Parish reentered U.S. after 2010 removal

Jose Salvador Meza-Vasquez, 28, of Mexico, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of illegal reentry of a previously deported alien. According to the guilty plea’s factual basis, a Cameron Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested Meza-Vasquez for a traffic infraction on March 12, 2018. He admitted to the deputy that he was in the United States illegally. After reviewing his record, agents discovered he had been removed from the United States in 2010 and had not received permission to reenter the country.

Meza-Vasquez faces up to two years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. United States Border Patrol and the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated June 8, 2018