One of two suspects arrested in connection with this week's abduction of a Clayton County teen is in the country illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez, who was initially identified as Contreras-Rodriguez by authorities, was deported last February after his arrest on drug trafficking charges in Henry County.
That case was later dismissed because police didn't have a search warrant. Maria Corral, the mother of kidnap victim Ayvani Perez, was also arrested at the time but never indicted.
Vincent Picard, spokesman for the Atlanta ICE office, tells WSB's Sandra Parrish that Contreras-Ramirez is being held right now on immigration violations. But if and when federal charges are filed, he could be charged with felony re-entry.
Contreras-Ramirez's name also appears on a lease at the Hampton home where Corral and her family lived before moving to Ellenwood.
So far, authorities have not revealed Contreras-Ramirez's connection to the kidnapping.
The other suspect arrested, Wildrego Jackson, was in federal court Thursday to face charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
According to the criminal complaint filed in federal court, the FBI used cell phone records to link Jackson to the crime. He was arrested Wednesday at the Fulton County Courthouse where he was making a court appearance on unrelated charges.
The search continues for the two suspects shown in police sketches.