Luis Mesa-Quinones will spend 36 months in prison after a U.S. district judge found him guilty of re-entering the U.S. after being deported Tuesday.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley announced the decision Tuesday.
Mesa-Quinones, 39, of Colombia, was arrested on April 7, 2014 in Iberia Parish for driving while intoxicated, failing to yield, driving without a license and vehicular negligent injury. He pleaded guilty to all charges.
Upon further investigation, he was found to have been deported in May of 1998 after being arrested in Texas for delivering between 4 and 200 grams of cocaine.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert F. Moore prosecuted the case.