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3-time deported Salvadoran man indicted in East Texas for illegally re-entering the US

18 Apr

TYLER, Texas — A Salvadoran man was indicted Wednesday for illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported.

This indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown, Eastern District of Texas.  This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and the Athens (Texas) Police Department.

Jose Eduardo Melara-Carcamo, 33, was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on April 17 charging him with illegal re-entry of a deported alien.

According to court documents, on March 20, 2019, Melara-Carcamo was arrested for public intoxication in Henderson County, Texas. A deportation officer with ICE’s Mobile Criminal Alien Team interviewed Melara-Carcamo and determined that he was an alien from El Salvador, and he allegedly was unlawfully present in the United States. In 2018, the same deportation officer had processed Melara for removal. A records check confirmed that Melara had been previously removed three times to El Salvador in 2007, 2013 and 2018. After each removal, he illegally re-entered the United States.

If convicted, Melara-Carcamo faces up to two years in federal prison and deportation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst, Eastern District of Texas.

An indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt; all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.