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Previously Deported Brazilian Aliens Attempt to reach Charlotte via Puerto Rico

Release Date: 
June 5, 2018

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers found two Brazilian aliens attempting to board a flight from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport bound to Charlotte, North Carolina. 


Gilmar Silva-Pinheiro, 42, and Darli Machado-Gontijo, 34, citizens of Brazil, appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce J. McGiverin, charged with a violation to Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326, for re-entry after previous removal or deportation.  CBP Officers are authorized to inspect domestic flights from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands towards the US mainland.


During inspections authorized by US law, Mr. Silva-Pinheiro and Mr. Machado-Gontijo presented to CBP Officers Brazilian passports and no other document of an authorized presence in the country, before boarding a flight to the City of Charlotte.


A secondary inspection revealed that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed Mr. Silva-Pinheiro on February 2018 to Brazil from Albany, NY.  Mr. Machado-Gontijo was removed on February 2018 from South Carolina. 


Special Assistant Christina Caraballo will be in charge of the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Puerto Rico. 


If convicted, Mr. Silva and Mr. Machado face imprisonment for not more than 2 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: 
June 5, 2018