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Guatemalan man deported 3x sentenced to 16 months after being arrested in West Monroe

Francisco Portillo-Martinez, a native of Guatemala, was sentenced by United States District Judge Terry A. Doughty to 16 months in prison, for re-entry of a removed alien. Portillo-Martinez is subject to deportation after serving his sentence.

Portillo-Martinez was indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge and pleaded guilty on June 28, 2021. This charge is the result of the arrest of Portillo-Martinez on April 4, 2021 by deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office near West Monroe, Louisiana. He had previously been deported from the United States three times from Alexandria, Louisiana: on June 25, 2009, March 18, 2010, and September 17, 2013.

Following his last removal, Portillo-Martinez illegally re-entered the United States in 2016 near Laredo, Texas. He had not received consent from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of Homeland Security to apply for admission to the United States since his previous deportations.

Portillo-Martinez has a previous felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance from March 5, 2009 in Pearl River, Mississippi.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg prosecuted the case.