SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations officers arrested Tuesday a citizen of the Dominican Republic who had been previously removed.
Eduard Rafael Gautier- De La Cruz appeared yesterday afternoon before US Magistrate Camille Velez Rive on charges of reentering the United States after being removed.
On March 31, Mr. Gautier-De La Cruz was found by CBP officers at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport where he attempted to board a flight bound to the Dominican Republic.
He presented a Dominican Republic “Cedula” Card and a Transportation Letter or Provisional Passport from the Dominican Republic General Consulate in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as proof of his identity.
After referral to secondary inspection, database checks revealed that he was previously removed on February 21, 2014, by en Expedited Removal Order from the United States to the Dominican Republic.
He admitted that he was advised of his restriction to re-enter the United States and that he reentered the United States on or about March 3, 2014, on board a makeshift wooden vessel or “yola”.
Special Assistant US Attorney Jorge Ramos leads the prosecution.
If convicted, Mr. Gautier- De La Cruz could be fined, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.
All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
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.