A Guatemalan national, Manuel Orrego-Savala -- who was using a fraudulent identity -- was arrested on Sunday on a drunk-driving charge near Indianapolis on Interstate Highway 70. He is alleged to have struck two men whose vehicle was stopped on the side of the road, killing them both. Orrego-Savala, who has been deported at least twice in the past -- has been charged with illegal entry into the U.S., which is a federal crime.
According to the criminal complaint, Orrego-Zavala, 37, was arrested on Feb. 4, 2018, for his involvement in the death of a ride-share driver and an NFL player. At the time of his arrest, Orrego-Zavala provided law enforcement authorities with the alias, “Alex G. Cabrera.” But officers with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) learned — through cooperation and information sharing with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department — his true identity.
The complaint further states Orrego-Zavala was arrested by deportation officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in October 2006, and removed him to Guatemala in January 2007. Upon his removal, Orrego-Zavala was prohibited from legally re-entering the U.S. for 10 years, accordiing to a release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In March 2009, ICE arrested Orrego-Zavala again. In May 2009, he was deported to Guatemala again and prohibited from legally re-entering the U.S. for 20 years.
Orrego-Zavala will remain in custody while the case is investigated by Indiana State Police and Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
The immigration charges will remain pending until the state concludes its criminal charges.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney William McCoskey, Southern District of Indiana, who is prosecuting this illegal re-entry case, Orrego-Zavala faces up to 10 years of imprisonment, if convicted.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.