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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Citizen of Honduras Pleads Guilty to Reentering U.S. after Being Deported

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAVIER VASQUEZ MARTINEZ, 39, a citizen of Honduras last residing in Meriden, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to one count of reentry of a removed alien.

According to court documents and statements made in court, VASQUEZ MARTINEZ was deported from the U.S. to Honduras in May 2016 following two state convictions for operating under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and one conviction for failure to appear.

VASQUEZ MARTINEZ subsequently reentered the U.S. illegally.

On July 2, 2018, VASQUEZ MARTINEZ was arrested by the West Haven Police Department and charged with two counts of evading responsibility resulting in injury/property damage and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a license.

The investigation revealed that VASQUEZ MARTINEZ, using the name “Merary Vasquez,” also had two state convictions in 2007 for operating under the influence.

Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for December 20, 2018, at which time VASQUEZ MARTINEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

VASQUEZ MARTINEZ has been detained since his arrest.

The state charges from July 2018 are pending.

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

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Immigration
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Updated October 4, 2018