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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Citizen Of Jamaica Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Reentering U.S. After Deportation


Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDREW JOHNSON, also known as “Andrew Heron,” 39, a citizen of Jamaica, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 14 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States after he was deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, JOHNSON entered the U.S. legally as a visitor in 1991, but overstayed the terms of his visa without authorization.  In December 2002, he was removed from the U.S. to Jamaica after serving a two-year state sentence for sale of controlled substance.  JOHNSON illegally reentered the U.S. and was arrested by the Bridgeport Police Department in December 2007 for interfering and resisting arrest.  He was subsequently deported Jamaica a second time. 

JOHNSON again illegally reentered the U.S. and was apprehended by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on December 19, 2012.

JOHNSON has been detained since his arrest.  On May 16, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien.

Judge Bryant ordered JOHNSON to pay a $20,000 fine if he again reenters the U.S.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

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