Feds In Wyoming To Deport Illegal Aliens Who Keep Reentering U.S.

A Honduran national was arrested on suspicion of drugged driving, a Mexican national on suspicion of drunk driving. They're both being deported for reentering the United States illegally after past deportations.

Clair McFarland

January 18, 20243 min read

Quintana Morales
Quintana Morales (Cowboy State Daily Staff)

The federal government is preparing to deport two foreign nationals from Wyoming after both were convicted of crimes.

One of the men, Honduran national Luis Edgardo Gomez-Barahona, is scheduled to be deported to Honduras within 10 days, according to a Wednesday statement by the U.S. Attorney for Wyoming.

He was convicted of illegal reentry and sentenced Friday.

A Wyoming Highway Patrol agent arrested Gomez-Barahona on Nov. 21 near Douglas on suspicion of drugged driving and marijuana possession.

First, Guns

Aron Trzyna, deportation officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), obtained the man’s fingerprints the next day and plugged them into ICE’s biometric identification system.

The prints matched an illegal immigrant’s file with Gomez-Barahona’s name on it, the case affidavit says.

Trzyna also found an Aug. 3, 2011, judge’s order deporting Gomez-Barahona to Honduras from Louisiana. That order came about five months after Gomez-Barahona was convicted in Missouri for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 10 months of incarceration on that charge, but apparently was deported before his sentence was complete, the affidavit indicates.

The agent also found an April 17, 2022, arrest in Gomez-Barahona’s record for alleged drug possession in Kansas City, Kansas. The record didn’t reveal the disposition of that case.

And To Mexico

The other man, Lino Quintana-Morales, is scheduled to be deported from the United States to Mexico for the third time, after he serves time in prison for illegal reentry.

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Quintana-Morales to eight months in prison earlier this month, the statement says.

Wyoming police apprehended Quintana-Morales last July 4 on suspicion of drunk driving near Cheyenne.

Theft, DUI, Domestic Beating

When a federal agent reviewed reviewed Quintana-Morales’ criminal history in the U.S., he reportedly found:

• A March 22, 2012, theft conviction in Goshen County, Wyoming, for which Quintana-Morales was given 60 days in jail.

• A March 27, 2013, DUI conviction in Scottsbluff County, Nebraska, with 12 days in jail.

• A March 27, 2013, drug possession conviction in Scottsbluff — six months in jail.

• A July 6, 2018, domestic assault conviction in Scottsbluff — 180 days in jail.

• A Dec. 21, 2018, conviction for reentry of removed aliens — one year and one day in prison.

Quintana-Morales’ case affidavit says his 2019 deportation happened after he walked across the border.

Construction Work In Cheyenne

Quintana-Morales told police he had been living recently in Omaha, Nebraska, the affidavit relates, and that he had been doing construction work in Cheyenne at the time of his arrest.

Clair McFarland can be reached at clair@cowboystatedaily.com.

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