78.1 F
Cruz Bay
Friday, July 23, 2021
HomeNewsPolice & CourtsTwo Dominicans Indicted for Illegally Reentering U.S.

Two Dominicans Indicted for Illegally Reentering U.S.

A federal grand jury on Thursday returned separate indictments against Ezequiel Rivera Gomez, also known as Francisco Mejia, 44, and Luis Miguel Recio Fernandez, 29, both Dominican Republic nationals, alleging that they illegally reentered the United States after having been previously deported.

U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced the indictments and said both men remain in federal custody pending their individual trials.

The indictment against Gomez alleges that he was previously removed from the United States on or about March 1, 2016, after having been convicted of a drug trafficking offense. The indictment against Fernandez alleges that on or about July 20, 2012, he too was previously removed from the United States after committed a drug trafficking offense.

Under federal law, both men face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

These cases are being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.



JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,347FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
Print Friendly, PDF & Email