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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Man from Mexico pleads guilty to illegally returning to the United States for third time

LAKE CHARLES, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Mexican national pleaded guilty Wednesday to reentering the United States illegally after having been previously removed twice.


Lucas Rosales-Arcos, 32, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of reentry by an alien without permission after removal. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter. According to the guilty plea, Jennings police arrested Rosales-Arcos on May 27, 2017 for domestic battery. Border Patrol agents interviewed the defendant who admitted to being in the United States illegally. He was removed in September of 2013 and April of 2014, and had not obtained permission to return.


Rosales-Arcos faces up to two years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for February 20, 2018.


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

Updated October 12, 2017