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Citizen of Dominican Republic Indicted for Illegal Reentry

July 12, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, announced that a 44- year-old native and citizen of the Dominican Republic was charged with Illegal Reentry into the United States.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Esmeraldo Perez, also known as Richard Perez, also known as Richard Trinidad, a native and citizen of the Dominican Republic, in the United States illegally, was charged in a one-count Indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg Wednesday.

     The indictment alleges that Perez, an alien who previously had been arrested and deported from the United States on April 23, 1993, after a conviction in the Circuit Court of Baltimore, Maryland for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and possession of a 9mm handgun, did knowingly and unlawfully re-enter the United States. He was located by federal immigration agents in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Perez faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Lucy P. McClain.


An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.

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