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Citizen of Dominican Republic Sentenced to 24 Months for Illegal Re-entry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Defendant was Removed in 2013 Following a Felony Drug Conviction

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Radhames Perez a/k/a Edwin Perez, age 37, and a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced today to 2 years in prison for illegally re-entering the United States.


The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Thomas E. Feeley, Director of the Buffalo Field Office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).


As part of his guilty plea, Perez admitted that he was convicted in New York County Supreme Court of criminal sale of crack cocaine in the second degree in May 2003, for which he received a sentence of 3 years to life in prison.  Perez was released from state prison in December 2003 and was removed from the United States.  He was then found in the United States in June 2017 when he was arrested on state charges in Herkimer County, as part of a crackdown on a cock-fighting ring.  Those state charges are presently unresolved. 


United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes also ordered Perez to serve a 3-year term of supervised release should he remain in the United States after completion of his 2-year prison term. Perez will also face removal from the United States when he is released from prison.


This case was investigated by ICE-ERO and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.

Updated November 6, 2017