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Mexican Citizen Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Raul Meza, age 48, and a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today to time served (113 days jail) for illegally re-entering the United States.


The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Chief Patrol Agent John C. Pfeifer, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.


As part of his guilty plea, Meza admitted that on August 18, 2017, a Border Patrol agent found him walking on a road in Champlain, New York, 250 yards south of the border between the United States and Canada.  Meza had twice been removed from the United States to Mexico, first in 2001 and again in 2010.  Meza did not have authorization to return to the United States.


Following the sentencing, Meza was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, for removal proceedings.


This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer.

Updated December 8, 2017