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Authorities: Man previously deported from Arizona returned to the US, hidden aboard ship

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 18:23:13-04

SAVANNAH, GA — Federal prosecutors say a man from El Salvador who was twice deported from the U.S. tried to return by stowing away aboard a cargo ship.

U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine of the Southern District of Georgia said in a news release Friday that 35-year-old Jaime Dagoberto Chavez-Guevara was arrested by U.S. Customs agents on a ship at the Port of Savannah. He was charged with illegal entry into the U.S.

Prosecutors said Chavez-Guevara used a boat to reach the ship while it was anchored in Panama, then climbed up the anchor chain. The crew later discovered and detained him.

Christine's office said Chavez-Guevara was previously deported from Texas in 2017 and from Arizona in 2018.

An attorney listed for Chavez-Guevara in court records did not immediately return a phone message.