FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2013
FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES
Francesco Gulino was arrested in April in Raleigh Co. on drug charges
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – An Italian national was indicted on June 25 by a federal grand jury sitting in Charleston on a federal charge, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin. Francesco Gulino, also known as “Frank Gulino,” 43, of Italy, was indicted for reentry of an illegal alien. Gulino was previously convicted in May 2009 in the Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio of attempted felonious assault. Gulino was later deported on or about April 20, 2011.
On April 20, 2013, Gulino was arrested by police in Raleigh County, W.Va., for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Gulino had not obtained approval of the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States.
Gulino faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is handling the prosecution.
This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.
Note: The charge contained in the indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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