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Man deported 3 times found with gun in Gulfport, ICE says

Pablo Mendoza Sanchez
Pablo Mendoza Sanchez

A man found with a handgun tucked in his pants has been removed from the United States three times, a court document says.

Pablo Mendoza Sanchez, 23, from Mexico, is held for federal marshals while a grand jury reviews allegations against him.

Gulfport police were investigating a stolen vehicle Monday and Sanchez was a passenger in a vehicle police had stopped on Interstate 10, according to the criminal complaint of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer.

Sanchez had a gun tucked in the front of his pants, the complaint said.

ICE sent deportation officers to the scene to check on his identification.

A fingerprint check at the ICE office in Gulfport confirmed Sanchez had been deported and didn’t have permission to re-enter the U.S., the officer said.

Here’s what the ICE investigation shows:

▪ The U.S. Border Patrol had first found Sanchez in the U.S without permission Jan. 5, 2013. He was returned to Mexico the next day.

▪ Border Patrol agents found him in Brisbee, Arizona, on Jan. 23, 2013, and he was removed two days later.

▪ The Border Patrol later found him at the agency’s Kingsville, Texas, station and he was removed again April 29, 2015.

It’s a separate federal offense for an immigrant in the U.S. without permission to have a firearm.

An interpreter was called in to U.S. District Court on Tuesday for his initial court appearance.

Court records show he was ordered held with no bond after a hearing on Wednesday.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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