A Mexican citizen Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally re-entering the United States at least three times, officials said.
Felipe Escobar-Martinez, 44, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Judge Richard Haik’s courtroom to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office.
Escobar-Martinez was arrested in New Iberia on Sept. 22, 2015, on Romero Road, the statement says, and he later admitted he was in the country illegally. He admitted he had last been deported in March 1999, December 2000 and July 2005.
The defendant was convicted in 2005 for selling illegal narcotics in Maricopa County in Arizona.
Escobar-Martinez faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Haik did not set a sentencing date.