States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|June 22, 2011||
CITIZEN OF COLOMBIA WHO ILLEGALLY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FERNANDO ALVAREZ-PINEDA, 72, a citizen of Colombia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to five months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States following his removal.
According to court documents and statements made in court, ALVAREZ-PINEDA initially entered the United States in 1971 as a visitor and then overstayed his visa until 1978 when he became a Lawful Permanent Resident on the basis of a marriage to a United States Citizen. Since 1983, ALVAREZ-PINEDA has sustained three felony convictions involving cocaine distribution.
On September 26, 1983, following a guilty plea, ALVAREZ-PINEDA was sentenced in DeKalb County, Georgia, to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. In April 1985, immigration proceedings were initiated against ALVAREZ-PINEDA while he was in a Georgia correctional institution. In 1986, after completing his Georgia sentence and before the immigration proceedings could be conducted, ALVAREZ-PINEDA was arrested and subsequently convicted in Broward County, Florida, of trafficking in cocaine. ALVAREZ-PINEDA was released from prison in 1992 and, in January 1993, he was deported.
ALVAREZ-PINEDA illegally reentered the United States in approximately 1995.
In December 2007, ALVAREZ-PINEDA was stopped by law enforcement in Wethersfield, Connecticut, while transporting a kilogram of heroin and a kilogram of cocaine, wrapped like Christmas gifts, in the back seat of his vehicle. ALVAREZ-PINEDA subsequently pleaded guilty in Connecticut Superior Court in New Britain to sale of narcotics and was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment.
On March 22, 2011, ALVAREZ-PINEDA pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful presence of a deported alien.
Today, Judge Underhill ordered the five-month federal sentence to run concurrently with ALVAREZ-PINEDA’s state sentence.
ALVAREZ-PINEDA will be deported following his release from prison.
This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Detention and Removal Operation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Carolyn Ikari and Deborah Slater.
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