CBP Arrests Previously Deported Criminal in San Juan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers arrested Tuesday an alien from the Dominican Republic found in the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport before boarding a flight to Punta Cana.
Juan Francisco Avila-Castillo, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marshall Morgan, charged with a violation to Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326, for reentry after removal or deportation subsequent to a conviction for commission of an aggravated felony.
“A CBP officer is responsible for determining the nationality and identity of each applicant for admission and the detection of ineligible aliens, including previously deported criminals,” stated Edwin Cruz, San Juan Area Port Director.
Mr. Avila-Castillo presented CBP Officers a Dominican Republic passport card and driver’s license, and no document of authorized stay in the United States.
In secondary inspection, databases revealed that a Monroe County court in New York convicted Mr. Avila-Castillo in 2001, for Criminal Possession Controlled Substance and sentenced him to 8 years of imprisonment. He was removed in August 2006.
Assistant US Attorney Evelyn Canals will be in charge of the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Puerto Rico.
If convicted Mr. Avila-Castillo faces imprisonment for not more than 20 years or a fine, or both.
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