SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers found Thursday a previously deported alien man prior to boarding a flight at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport bound to New York.
Felipe Villar, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, made an initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin, for charges of violating Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326, for re-entry after previous removal or deportation.
During inspections authorized by federal law, the defendant presented to CBP Officers a Puerto Rico driver’s license under the name Jose Rojas-Villan, and claiming to be a US citizen.
A closer biometric examination revealed a match to the record of a previous removed alien under the name of Felipe Villar, also known as “Candido Luis Cuello Villar.” In 2004, Mr. Villar was removed after U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended him near Ysleta, Texas.
In 2016, a removal order was reinstated after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents apprehended Mr. Villar at a New Hampshire DMV attempting to renew a fraudulently obtained driver’s license.
Assistant US Attorney Evelyn Canals in charge of the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Puerto Rico.
If convicted, Ms. Villar faces imprisonment for not more than 10 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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.