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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Misdemeanor Immigration Prosecutions – January and February 2018

ALBANY, NEW YORK – The following is a summary of misdemeanor immigration prosecutions from January and February 2018.  All defendants were or will be placed into removal proceedings, by the Department of Homeland Security, following the completion of their sentences.

Citizen of Haiti Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Keetzall Baptiste, age 38, of Haiti, was sentenced on January 2 to 23 days in jail, following his plea to illegally entering the United States from Canada. 

Baptiste admitted that he crossed the border approximately one-half mile east of the Champlain Port of Entry on December 18, 2017.  He was found and arrested by Border Patrol Agents as he was walking south away from the border.    

Two Citizens of Uzbekistan Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Bahodir Rustamov, age 38, of Uzbekistan, was sentenced on January 11 to 19 days in jail and Davlat Ahmedov, age 29, of Uzbekistan, was sentenced to 27 days in jail on January 18, following their respective guilty pleas to illegally entering the United States. 

Rustamov and Ahmedov each admitted that together they walked across the border about four miles west of the Mooers Port of Entry a few minutes after midnight on the morning of December 30, 2017.  They were arrested together as they hid in the woods approximately one hour after they crossed the border.     

Citizen of Mali Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Hacim Oumar Idar Rachid, age 28, of Mali, was sentenced on January 16 to 30 days in jail, following his guilty plea to illegally entering the United States. 

Rachid admitted that he walked across the border without inspection two miles west of the Champlain Port of Entry on December 29, 2017.  He was arrested by Border Patrol Agents as he was being driven away from the border.  

Citizen of Romania Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Dan-Stefan Cirpaci, age 29, of Romania, was sentenced on January 25 to 30 days in jail, following his guilty plea to illegally entering the United States from Canada.

Cirpaci admitted that he crossed the border approximately one mile west of the Churubusco Port of Entry on January 2.  He was found and arrested by Border Patrol Agents as he was trying to leave the border area.  Cirpaci was a passenger in a car that was stopped by Border Patrol near the border.  

Citizen of Haiti Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Idoinien Saint Fleur, age 44, of Haiti, was sentenced on January 25 to time served (51 days in jail) and to pay a $500 fine, following his guilty plea to illegally entering the United States from Canada. 

Saint Fleur admitted that he crossed the border approximately one-quarter mile east of the Champlain Port of Entry on December 5, 2017.  He was found and arrested by Border Patrol Agents as he was trying to leave the border area. 

Citizen of Canada Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Sebastien Cote-Champagne, age 31, of Canada, was sentenced on February 6 to 42 days in jail, following his guilty plea to illegally entering the United States from Canada. 

Cote-Champagne admitted that he crossed the border approximately 1.5 miles west of the Champlain Port of Entry on January 23.   He was found and arrested by Border Patrol Agents as he was walking south away from the border.    

Citizen of Romania Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Ciuciu Ximena, age 42, of Romania, was sentenced on February 6 to 20 days in jail and to pay a $2,500 fine, following her guilty plea to illegally entering the United States from Canada. 

Ximena admitted that she crossed the border approximately one-half mile west of the Rouses Point Port of Entry on January 25.  She was found and arrested by Border Patrol Agents as she walked south toward a waiting car.  

Two Citizens of Guatemala Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Amilcar Tuch-Xinico, age 26, of Guatemala, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and Jose Morales-Zet, age 21, of Guatemala, was sentenced to 22 days in jail on February 13, following their respective guilty pleas to illegally entering the United States. 

Tuch-Xinico and Morales-Zet each admitted that together they walked across the border about two miles west of the Champlain Port of Entry on February 1.  They were arrested together as they walked south away from the border.     

Three Citizens of Guatemala Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Gelber Cacacil-Perez, age 22, Eddy Chonoy-Chonoy, age 28, and Elvidio Mendoza-Tino, age 28, all of Guatemala, were each sentenced on February 15 to 20 days in jail, following their respective guilty pleas to illegally entering the United States. 

Cacacil-Perez, Chonoy-Chonoy, and Mendoza-Tino each admitted that together they walked across the border without inspection two miles west of the Champlain Port of Entry on February 1.  Chonoy-Chonoy and Mendoza-Tino were arrested by Border Patrol Agents as they were walking south away from the border. Cacacil-Perez was arrested the next day in Plattsburgh, New York, approximately 25 miles south of the border.  

Citizens of Haiti Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Louiguenson Charles, age 30, of Haiti, was sentenced on February 20 to time served (13 days in jail) following his guilty plea to illegally entering the United States.  Charles admitted that on February 8, he entered the United States by walking through the woods from Canada.

Jean Sanon, age 31, of Haiti, was sentenced on February 20 to time served (13 days in jail) following his guilty plea to illegally entering the United States.  Sanon admitted that on February 8, he entered the United States by walking through the woods from Canada.

Citizen of Jamaica Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Dwayne Berry, age 33, of Toronto, Canada, was sentenced on February 22 to 60 days in jail, following his guilty plea to illegally entering the United States from Canada.

Berry, a citizen of Jamaica, admitted that he crossed the border approximately three miles west of the Trout River Port of Entry on February 2.  He was found by Border Patrol Agents performing inspection duties on a bus in Massena, New York.   Berry was inadmissible to the United States due to his Canadian criminal history. 

Two Citizens of India Sentenced For Illegal Entry

Surinder Singh, age 43, of India, and Anil Singh, age 27, of India, were each sentenced on February 23 to time served (4 days in jail), following their respective guilty plea to illegally entering the United States from Canada. 

Surinder Singh admitted that he crossed the border approximately five miles east of the Massena Port of Entry on February 18.  He was found and arrested by Border Patrol Agents as he was leaving the border area as a passenger in a taxi.  Anil Singh admitted that he crossed the border approximately three miles east of the Massena Port of Entry on February 18.  He was found and arrested by Border Patrol Agents as he was leaving the border area as a passenger in a car.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated February 28, 2018