CITIZEN OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOUND WITH $369K IN
CASH PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL IMMIGRATION CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JOVANNY ARSENIO ROSARIO, 45, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, has pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry after being removed from the United States. ARSENIO ROSARIO entered his plea on Wednesday, December 19, before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford.
According to court documents and statements made in court, ARSENIO ROSARIO, who had previously been deported from the U.S. after a conviction for committing an aggravated felony, was found in the U.S. on September 5, 2012. On that date, Connecticut State Troopers conducted a traffic stop in Tolland and found ARSENIO ROSARIO with two other individuals in a car that also contained 28 bundles of U.S. currency, totaling $369,346. ROSARIO subsequently stated that the money was to be used to purchase drugs.
Prior to his reentry, ARSENIO ROSARIO did not obtain the express consent of the U.S. Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to reapply for admission into the U.S.
ARSENIO ROSARIO is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on March 22, 2013, at which time ARSENIO ROSARIO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
ARSENIO ROSARIO has been detained since September 5.
This case has been investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul H. McConnell and Special Assistant United States Attorney Anjna R. Kapoor.
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