SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Timoteo Ramirez-Lopez, age 32, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Syracuse for illegally re-entering the United States without authorization after being deported previously. The indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Thomas E. Feeley, Field Office Director, Buffalo Field Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
In charging Ramirez-Lopez, the government has alleged that he was previously deported from Texas to his native country of Guatemala in March 2008, returned to the United States without permission at some point afterward, and was then found on July 29, 2020 working on a farm in Cortland County, where he was arrested for having allegedly returned to the United States without authorization.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The defendant has the right to a jury trial, a date for which has not yet been set.
If convicted, Ramirez-Lopez faces up to two years in prison, a term of supervised release of up to one year, and a fine of up to $250,000. He may also face immigration consequences, including deportation or removal, which are adjudicated in a separate civil proceeding in immigration court.
This case is being investigated by ICE-ERO, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael F. Perry.