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CBP Arrests a Previously Deported Aggravated Felon at San Juan Airport

Release Date: 
October 23, 2018

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers found Saturday a previously deported aggravated felon prior to boarding a flight at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport bound to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

 

Ramon Mejia-Suero, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, made an initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcos Lopez,  for charges of violating Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326, for re-entry after previous removal or deportation, whose removal was subsequent to a conviction for commission of an aggravated felony

 

During inspections authorized by federal law, Mr.Mejia-Suero presented CBP Officers with a passport from the Dominican Republic, but did not have any immigration document to proof his immigration status.

 

A closer biometric examination revealed a 1990 conviction for Mr. Mejia-Suero on a charge of manslaughter and sentenced to 3 to 10 years of imprisonment by a Superior Court in Suffolk, Massachusetts.   In 2002, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge), sentenced Mr. Mejia-Suero to 78 months for reentry of a previously removed alien. 

 

Assistant US Attorney Ginette Milanes in charge of the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Puerto Rico. 

 

If convicted, Mr. Mejia-Suero faces imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or a fine, or both.

 

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

 

CBP’s mission is to facilitate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security for those who live here and for those who come to visit.  On a typical day last year, CBP officers processed more than 1 million travelers arriving airports, seaports or border crossings. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021