US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers arrested Tuesday Pablo Ramirez-Sierra, a citizen of the Dominican Republic who had been formally removed after several convictions for possession and sale of controlled substances in the state of Connecticut.
Mr. Ramirez-Sierra made an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon before US District Court Magistrate Judge Camille Velez Rive facing charges of violating 8 USC 1326 (a)(2)(b)(2); re-entry of a previously deported alien following an aggravated drug conviction.
“CBP officers work diligently to ensure that individuals that have transgressed the criminal justice system and are encountered at our borders are identified and detained,” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
CBP field operations officers initially detained Mr. Ramirez-Sierra at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, attempting to board a flight destined to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Mr. Ramirez-Sierra presented a consular transportation letter and no other document of authorized presence in the US.
During secondary inspection databases revealed that Mr. Ramirez-Sierra had been deported on December 14, 1983, and had reentered in 1985. In 1989 he was arrested in Norwalk, Connecticut for possession and sale of a control substance, and again in 1991 for the same charges and sentenced to three (3) years confinement.
CBP officers presented the case to Assistant US Attorney Olga B. Castellon who accepted it for prosecution.
If convicted, he will face a fine or up to 20 years of imprisonment, or both. All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.