SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents arrested 5 aliens found along with others inside a wooden “yola” type vessel, intercepted by the US Coast Guard near Aguadilla on May 31st.
Duary Miguel Caceres-Santos, Joel Cedeno-Mariano, Andres Jimenez-Coronado Pedro Lopez-Marte and Wily Rodriguez-Mejia, citizens of the Dominican Republic, appeared June 2 before US District Court Magistrate Bruce McGiverin facing charges for violation of title 8 United States Code, Section 1326, for attempting to reenter after a previous removal.
“The use of biometric technology has made a difference in the application of consequence and detection at-sea of immigrants with prior immigration and criminal records,” stated Ramiro Cerrillo, Chief Patrol Agent for Ramey Sector in Aguadilla. “We remain vigilant to detect them and arresting them.”
A CBP Air and Marine Operations DHC-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) detected a “yola” vessel navigating east attempting to reach the coast of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. A US Coast Guard cutter intercepted the vessel finding 31 aliens on board.
The USCG repatriated 25 migrants to the Dominican Republic.
Border Patrol agents presented the case to the on-duty Assistant US Attorney Elba Gorbea for prosecution.
If convicted the defendants Cedeno-Mariano and Jimenez-Coronado face a fine or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both. If convicted the defendants Caceres-Santos, Lopez-Marte and Rodriguez-Mejia face a fine or imprisonment for not more than 2 years, or both.
All defendants are presumed innocent until found 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.