ERO Chicago removes Guatemalan fugitive wanted for conspiracy in his home country

CHICAGO — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago removed an unlawfully present noncitizen foreign fugitive Aug. 24 who is wanted for conspiracy in his home country of Guatemala.

Brayan Gramajo-Jolomna, 36, was flown from Chicago on a flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit to the La Aurora Airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Upon arrival in Guatemala, ERO turned Gramajo-Jolomna over to local authorities without incident.

Gramajo-Jolomna unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date and at an unknown location. On June 21, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an arrest warrant for Gramajo-Jolomna for conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics.

On March 14, 2018, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer paroled him into the United States at the Richmond, Virginia, port of entry for criminal prosecution for conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics and lodged an immigration detainer with the Richmond City Jail in Richmond, Virginia.

On Oct. 30, 2018, Gramajo-Jolomna was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and was sentenced to 210 months of incarceration.

On June 30, 2023, ERO Chicago officers arrested the noncitizen upon his release from the Bureau of Prisons’ U.S. Penitentiary in Thomson, Illinois, and served him a notice to appear.

An immigration judge with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a final order of removal for Gramajo-Jolomna on July 17, 2023.

As one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public can report crimes or suspicious activity by calling 866-347-2423 or completing ICE’s online tip form.

Learn more about ERO’s mission to increase public safety in your community on X, formerly known as Twitter, @EROChicago.


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