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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

May 27, 2011



PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Dominican national twice convicted of felony crimes in Rhode Island and twice deported was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 66 months in federal prison, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

According to court documents and information presented to the Court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee, Reynaldo Hilario Polanco, 32, was first deported to the Dominican Republic in February 2001, after having been convicted of a felony drug charge in Rhode Island state court and sentenced to state prison.

In August 2002 Polanco was again arrested in Providence on a felony drug charge. He was convicted and sentenced in Rhode Island state court in January 2003, and released into federal custody on a federal charge of illegal re-entry. In February 2003 Polanco was sentenced in federal court to 57 months in federal prison. He was deported for a second time in June 2006.

According to information presented to the Court, Polanco again illegally reentered the U.S. and was arrested in March 2008 by Providence Police on a larceny charge. He was convicted in Rhode Island state court in June 2008 and sentenced to state prison.  In July 2010 Polanco was placed into ICE custody and admitted having been previously deported twice.


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