Agents in Puerto Rico Arrest Illegal Aliens and Imposter
San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.S. Border Patrol agents in Puerto Rico presented criminal complaints on Nov. 4, against four undocumented Dominican Republic alien nationals for violations to federal immigration law, in two different incidents during the week of Oct. 31.
During the week of October 31, Border Patrol agents were contacted by the Bayamon Department of Motor Vehicles where they arrested Manuel Veloz-Pena, when he attempted to apply for a Puerto Rico driver's license using a valid Puerto Rico birth certificate and U.S. social security card under the name of "Victor Manuel Santana-Garcia".
Defendant Veloz-Pena, 38, is charged with a violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1028, in that he knowingly possessed an identification document (other than one issued lawfully for the use of the possessor), authentication feature, or a false identification document, with the intent such document or feature be used to defraud the United States.
On November 2, Border Patrol agents arrested nine undocumented aliens after an incursion reported by the Puerto Rico Police Department FURA Maritime in the area of Punta Aguila, Cabo Rojo, on the southwestern end of the island.
An anonymous informant directed the Border Patrol and PRPD-FURA agents to a house in the Corozo sector of Cabo Rojo, where six undocumented aliens were found hiding. The same informant indicated that several aliens might have been picked up by vehicle and were heading north via Road 301.
Later, PRPD-FURA and Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle matching the description traveling northbound on Road 301, with four occupants inside. Upon interview by the Border Patrol agents, the female driver stated that she was a United States citizen, while the other three occupants claimed to be citizens of the Dominican Republic.
All arrested suspected aliens and the detained USC where transferred to the Ramey Border Patrol Station for formal processing.
Guerrero-Polanco, was charged with a violation of Title 8 United States Code, Section 1324, foreknowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remained in the United States in violation of law, transporting or moving such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law.
After interviewing the subjects and reviewing law enforcement databases, information revealed that two aliens had prior immigration or criminal records:
Carlitos Soriano-Gonzalez, 36, (also known as Carlos Cruzado-Soriano), pled guilty on March 4, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo for Re-entry after Deportation and was sentenced to 14 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release.
Victico Martinez-Mercedes, 39, (also know as Alie Abad; Vitico Abad; Victor Martinez), pled guilty on April 27, 2006, before U.S. District Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo for Re-entry after Deportation and was sentenced to six months of imprisonment and one year of supervised release.
Defendants Martinez-Mercedes and Soriano-Gonzalez were charged with violations of Title 8 United States Code, Section 1326, for Re-entry after Deportation.
The Border Patrol Prosecution's Unit presented the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office Immigration Unit which accepted the cases. Special Assistant United States Attorney Kelley L. Tiffany will prosecute the cases. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.