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Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Being Deported

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Was Previously Convicted of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver in 2005

A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to two years in federal prison.

Francisco Buenrostro-Ruiz, age 49, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 9, 2023, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported.

At the guilty plea, Buenrostro-Ruiz admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Buenrostro-Ruiz was previously deported to Mexico in January 2012.  On July 20, 2022, immigration officials learned Buenrostro-Ruiz had illegally returned to the United States and found Buenrostro-Ruiz at the Black Hawk County Jail following his arrest on state charges.  Buenrostro-Ruiz was previously convicted on October 31, 2005, in State of Iowa v. Fransisco Buenrostro, in the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, No. FECR128735, for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, an aggravated felony.

Buenrostro-Ruiz was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Buenrostro-Ruiz was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Buenrostro-Ruiz is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-2010.

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Updated July 7, 2023