Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Border Patrol Arrests Recidivist DR Alien After Repeated Illegal Entry

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents filed a criminal complaint today against an undocumented alien from the Dominican Republic for illegally reentering the United States after his prior deportation and time in federal prison.

Luis Eligio Santana-Perez, 37, made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Camille Velez-Rive. Perez was charged with a violation to Title 8 United States Code, Section 1326, for reentry of a removed alien. His removal was subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony.

Santana-Perez was arrested Sunday after the Puerto Rico Police Department in Cabo Rojo detained him and two other aliens after citizens alerted authorities of suspected aliens roaming around the area.

Immigration databases revealed that Santana-Perez had served time in federal prison and was previously removed.

The Ramey Sector Border Patrol Prosecutions Unit presented the complaint to Assistant U.S. Attorney Evelyn Canals, who will lead the prosecution.

If convicted Santana-Perez faces a fine, or up to 20 years of imprisonment, or both.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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