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.