United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that 48-year-old Jose Melchor Martinez, a resident of Church Point and a citizen of Mexico, has been arrested after being charged by a federal criminal complaint in U.S. District Court with re-entry of a removed alien.
According to the criminal complaint filed on October 12, 2018, Martinez illegally re-entered the United States after being deported on September 6, 2003, and had not received permission from the U.S. Attorney General or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to re-enter.
According to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Martinez is considered to be one of their most wanted fugitives.
Martinez faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release if convicted.
This matter will proceed in United States District Court in Lafayette, where the complaint is currently pending. A complaint is a temporary charge alleging a violation of law.