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Venezuelan Drug Trafficker Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Prison For Returning To United States Illegally

July 10, 2012

Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Pedro Ramon Gonzalez-Aguilera (60, Venezuela) to 70 months in federal prison yesterday for having reentered the United States without permission, after deportation and for aggravated identity theft. The court also ordered Gonzalez-Aguilera to serve a 3-year term of supervision, after his release from prison. The sentence imposed yesterday was in addition to and consecutive to a sentence of 21 months imprisonment for having violated his supervised release, in relation to a 2000 drug trafficking conviction.

Gonzalez-Aguilera had pled guilty to the charges on April 9, 2012.

According to court documents, in June 2000, Gonzalez-Aguilera was previously convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He was deported to Venezuela on June 22, 2010, after service of his 140 month sentence and found back in Tampa by immigration officers on February 1, 2012.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations. It was prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Donald L. Hansen.









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