Hi - I served 18 months in a US federal prison for a drug charge and when released and deported (excluded) in 1995, I was told that I could not apply for re-entry for 17 years. Does this mean than I have a 17-year ban? If I did attempt to cross the border before the 17 years is up (my name is changed through marriage), what would the consequences be? After the 17 years? I really only need to pass through the US on my way to Mexico.

Thank you!