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Mexican National And Repeat Immigration Offender Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Ismael Blanco-Garcia (43, Mexico) to 30 months in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States without authorization by federal immigration officials.  Blanco-Garcia had pleaded guilty in June 2023.

According to court documents, on March 15, 2023, Blanco-Garcia was arrested in Collier County on state criminal charges and found to be present in the United States without legal authorization. Blanco-Garcia has previously been convicted on two occasions for illegal reentry to the United States after deportation, in 2016 and 2017, and has been deported from the United States to Mexico on three occasions.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE-ERO). It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick L. Darcey.

Updated October 23, 2023