(WAFB) - One of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operation’s (ERO) Most Wanted fugitives was arrested Wednesday in central Louisiana. The man is a convicted child sex offender and is now facing more felony charges.
Jose Melchor Martinez, aka Jose Luis Matinez-Sanchez, a Mexican national in the country illegally, was arrested Wednesday morning at a home in Church Point by an ERO New Orleans Special Response Team, ICE reports.
Martinez was convicted on a felony charge for taking indecent liberties with a child in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in November of 2002. After he was released from criminal custody, ICE deported him back to Mexico in 2003.
Martinez then illegally reentered the country and arrested for a DUI in Acadia Parish. He was convicted on April 30 and sentenced to probation. ERO then began to try to locate Martinez after learning he had reentered the country.
After ICE processing, Martinez was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, where he remains in custody pending federal prosecution in the Western District of Louisiana.