U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 5, 2012
Dominican National Twice Deported Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Re-entry
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Alejandro Liranzo-Sanchez, 45, a Dominican national, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr to 21 months in federal prison for illegally re-entering into the United States after being deported. He pleaded guilty on May 17, 2012.
Sanchez, who previously was convicted on drug charges in both federal and state courts in Rhode Island and deported twice, fled from a holding area at Logan Airport in Boston in April 2003 without being legally admitted into the country.
Liranzo-Sanchez’s sentenced was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney.
According to information presented to the court, Liranzo-Sanchez was convicted on a state drug charge in March 1989 and on a federal drug trafficking charge in September 1992. He was deported in March 1993. Liranzo-Sanchez illegally re-entered into the country and was arrested in Springfield, Mass. He was deported for a second time in April 2003.
According to information presented to the court, in August 2003, Liranzo-Sanchez arrived at Logan Airport in Boston from the Dominican Republic. During inspection he presented a Puerto Rican birth certificate in the name of another person. While awaiting secondary inspection, Liranzo-Sanchez fled from the airport without being legally admitted.
In January 2012, ICE-HSI agents learned that Liranzo-Sanchez was living in Providence under an assumed name. The agents arrested him in February 2012. A fingerprint analysis conducted by a Warwick Police Department fingerprint expert confirmed Liranzo-Sanchez’s true identity.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee.