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Deported Alien Sentenced For Reentry after Fifth Removal

May 23, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. – Ricardo Elvin Martinez, 47, of Guadalajara, Mexico, was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to seven and a half years in prison for illegally reentering the United States after he had been previously deported subsequent to a felony conviction.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Martinez was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar, Sr. Martinez previously pled guilty to the illegal reentry charge on November 23, 2010.

            According to court documents, Martinez was deported in August, 2009.  He came to the attention of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in DC after he was discovered by a Customs Officer sleeping in a shipping container on a cargo train that pulled into Norfolk International Terminal in September, 2010.  Martinez has been removed from the country five times and has been convicted of 24 offenses in five separate states, including robbery and solicitation to deliver cocaine. 

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Lee Martin prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on




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