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Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Returning to the United States Following Two Prior Deportations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States after two prior deportations was sentenced today to more than three months in federal prison.

Noel Ramirez-Bonifacio, age 31, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Humboldt, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 11, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Ramirez-Bonifacio admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on February 24, 2007, and November 14, 2007, and that he illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  On November 10, 2017, immigration officials learned of Ramirez-Bonifacio’s illegal reentry into the United States following his arrest in Hamilton County, Iowa, for driving while license under suspension.  On November 28, 2017, Ramirez-Bonifacio was found by immigration officers during a traffic stop in Hamilton County.  Ramirez-Bonifacio had been convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia in Humboldt County in November 2014.

Ramirez-Bonifacio was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Ramirez-Bonifacio was sentenced to 105 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Ramirez-Bonifacio is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to immigration officials.

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 17-CR-3054.

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Updated March 27, 2018