News Release
For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Dominican Man Gets 46 Months for Illegally Reentering the U.S.

MAY 15 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LORENZO RIVERA CANDELARIO, also known as “Lorenzo Rivera” and “Jose Francisco,” 29, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport 46 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States after being deported. RIVERA CANDELARIO pleaded guilty to the offense of February 25, 2009.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, RIVERA CANDELARIO first entered the United States in March 1993 as a lawful permanent resident. On August 1, 2003, RIVERA CANDELARIO was convicted in Massachusetts of unlawful possession with intent to distribute a class “B” controlled substance and was sentenced to two years and one day of imprisonment. Based on this conviction, on December 29, 2004, a warrant of removal was executed and RIVERA CANDELARIO was deported to the Dominican Republic.

In December 2006, RIVERA CANDELARIO reentered the United States through Puerto Rico.

On September 5, 2007, RIVERA CANDELARIO was arrested by the New Haven Police Department and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and charged with possession and sale of cocaine.

Before reentering the United States, anyone who has been deported must have the express consent of the U.S. Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. RIVERA CANDELARIO did not have such consent.

Judge Underhill has ordered the 46-month federal sentence to run concurrently with a state sentence, stemming from the cocaine possession and sale charge, that RIVERA CANDELARIO is serving.

RIVERA CANDELARIO will be deported to the Dominican Republic following service of his federal and state terms of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department.