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BOSTON, Mass...A Jamaican citizen who had been previously living in Taunton pleaded guilty today in federal court and was sentenced to 70 months in prison for returning unlawfully to the United States after deportation.

CEDRIC NEWLAND, 48, pleaded guilty and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to 70 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for coming back to United States illegally after he had been previously deported. NEWLAND was deported from the United States to Jamaica in June 2003 and was located in the United States by members of the Taunton Police Department on February 22, 2010 when they arrested him for a state offense. Immigration records showed that NEWLAND had returned to the United States without obtaining the necessary permission of immigration authorities and was thus in the country illegally. NEWLAND received an increased prison sentence at today’s hearing because, prior to his deportation, he had been convicted of at least one drug trafficking crime for which he served a sentence of more than 13 months.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Chief Edward James Walsh of the Taunton Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Richardson of the U.S. Attorney’s Major Crimes Unit.



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