CBP Arrests a Previously Deported Aggravated Felon at San Juan Airport
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.