ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) – A man from Guatemala was sentenced in federal court in western North Carolina on Thursday after reentering the U.S. following his deportation.
Omar Ramirez-Ramos, 34, was arrested in Oct. 16 during a traffic stop in Polk County. Deputies on scene determined Ramirez-Ramos was living in the U.S. illegally and has previously been deported three times.
Investigators said eight passengers in his vehicle were illegal immigrants.
Ramirez-Ramos told deputies he did not know where the immigrants were from but said he was paid $1,000 to transport them from Phoenix to Charlotte.
He was charged with illegal reentry after deportation and harboring illegal aliens. He pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2016 and was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison and three years of supervised release.
He will face deportation proceedings after serving his sentence.