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El Salvador Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Illegal Re-Entry

May 25, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Melvin Eraldo Ramirez, 30, of El Salvador, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and M. Yvonne Evans, Acting Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement of Removal Operation’s (ERO) Washington D.C. Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Cacheris.

“In addition to his extensive criminal history, Mr. Ramirez repeatedly returned to the United States after being deported,” said Acting Director Evans. “This lengthy prison sentence helps send the message that reentering the United States after being formally deported is a serious crime, particularly when that person is a convicted felon.”

On Feb. 23, 2012, Ramirez pled guilty to illegal reentry of an aggravated felon.  According to court records, Ramirez was convicted on Sept. 13, 2001, for attempting to distribute cocaine. He was deported in 2003, and he illegally re-entered the United States and was deported in 2005, 2007, and 2008. Ramirez has a lengthy and violent criminal history in the United States, including convictions for theft, abduction, malicious wounding, and assault and battery of a law enforcement official. 

Upon completion of his prison sentence, Ramirez will be deported to El Salvador, where he will be surrendered to authorities pursuant to an active arrest warrant in El Salvador accusing him of extortion. 

This case was investigated by ICE ERO.  Special Assistant United States Attorneys C. Alexandria Bogle and Brian D. Harrison are prosecuting this 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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