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Mexican Citizen Sentenced For Illegal Re-entry into the United States

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Avelarto Lopez Garcia, age 22, and a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today to time served (29 days in jail) 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 of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).


As part of his guilty plea, Lopez Garcia admitted that he is a citizen of Mexico, and that he illegally returned to the United States after he was removed to Mexico on December 12, 2015.  Lopez-Garcia had previously been removed from the United States back to Mexico on December 15, 2012, October 27, 2015, October 30, 2015, and December 9, 2015. 


On November 16, 2017, ICE officers arrested Lopez Garcia in Latham, New York. 


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


The case was investigated by ICE-ERO and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated December 19, 2017