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Citizen of the Dominican Republic Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering U.S. after Deportation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS MANUEL RODRIGUEZ BURGOS, 36, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 15 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, RODRIGUEZ BURGOS was admitted to the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1995.  In September 2005, RODRIGUEZ BURGOS was convicted in Arizona of attempted transportation of narcotic drugs for sale and was sentenced to more than three years of imprisonment.  The offense involved 10 kilograms of cocaine and more than 170 grams of heroin concealed within a hidden compartment in the vehicle in which RODRIGUEZ BURGOS was travelling.  In August 2006, he was deported from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic.

In August 2012, local law enforcement arrested RODRIGUEZ BURGOS in New York City for driving under the influence, and subsequently alerted federal immigration authorities.  In October 2012, RODRIGUEZ BURGOS was again removed to the Dominican Republic.

RODRIGUEZ BURGOS illegally reentered the U.S. in late 2012.  On October 27, 2015, he was arrested by the Connecticut Statewide Narcotics Task Force in Bridgeport for distributing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.  At the time of his arrest, RODRIGUEZ BURGOS possessed a fraudulent Puerto Rico driver’s license, in the name of another individual, which he had purchased for $100.

RODRIGUEZ BURGOS has pleaded guilty in state court to drug sale and conspiracy offenses and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 20 to an agreed upon sentence of seven years of incarceration, with a mandatory minimum of five years, to be followed by five years of special parole.

Judge Underhill imposed the federal sentence to run concurrently with RODRIGUEZ BURGOS’ state sentence.

On July 26, 2017, RODRIGUEZ BURGOS pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

Updated October 18, 2017