Guatemalan Man Sentenced For Illegal Re-Entry
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Fredy Otoniel Lopez Martinez, 30, of Guatemala, who was convicted of illegal reentry into the United States, was sentenced to time-served by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen, Jr., who handled the case, stated that on July 7, 2016, U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents encountered the defendant at the Lewiston Bridge Port of Entry. Martinez was a passenger in a vehicle traveling to Michigan for an art show. The vehicle’s GPS directed the driver of the vehicle from Western New York through Canada. After Canadian officials did not allow the vehicle to enter Canada, border agents conducted immigration electronic systems record queries, which revealed that the defendant had a criminal record in the United States and that he had been previously deported on May 21, 2009, pursuant to an order by a U.S. Immigration Judge. Martinez admitted to an agent that he illegally entered the United States in December 2010 along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, under the direction of Acting Director of Field Operations Rose Hilmey.