SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents arrested Tuesday 5 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic who were found among 16 undocumented aliens that were intercepted Monday by the US Coast Guard between Puerto Rico and the Dominical Republic.
Mily Bastardo-Severino, Florentino Gervacio-Severino, Juan Sanchez-Sanchez, Chanel Severino, and Luis Emilio Severino-Olea, will appear today before US District Court Marcos Lopez for an initial hearing regarding federal charges for attempting to re-enter after a previous removal.
A United States Coast Guard (USCG) aircraft conducting a patrol of the Mona Passage detected a wooden makeshift vessel, known as “yola” traveling east, approximately 25 miles northeast of the Dominican Republic. USCG Cutter Richard Dixon was directed to the location and was able to intercept a 25 ft. wooden vessel with 16 adult subjects (15 males and 1 female)
On board the Cutter, all subjects’ fingerprints and pictures were entered for biometric system processing. Five (5) out of the sixteen (16) individuals had prior immigration records.
CBP Border Patrol agents, transported to the cutter Richard Dixon by a Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA, for it’s Spanish acronym) marine unit, conducted migrant interviews and subsequently arrested the five defendants to face judicial proceedings ashore.
The Ramey Border Patrol prosecutions unit presented the case to Special Assistant US Attorney Glenn Goetchius who will lead the prosecution.
If convicted all 5 defendants face a fine and a range of maximum penalties from 2 to 20 years of imprisonment.
All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court of law.
The Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Rapid Action Forces (FURA, for its Spanish acronym), in their common goal of securing the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands borders against illegal migrant and drug smuggling.
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.