BUFFALO – A Mexican native was arrested by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and charged by criminal complaint with illegal reentry after deportation, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office.
Gerino Barrera-Tapia, 37, faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison. According to the complaint, on September 12, a Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Deputy encountered the defendant during a vehicle safety check.
United States Border Patrol was contacted to assist in identifying Barrera-Tapia. During questioning, the defendant reportedly stated that he was a citizen of Mexico and was illegally present in the United States.
A records check determined that Barrera-Tapia was removed from the United States in February 2008.
Barrera-Tapia made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was detained.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, and U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Steven Oldman.
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