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Dominican National Who Illegally Reentered U.S. is Sentenced

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that OLIVER JOAN UBIERA MALENO, 36, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in Danbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to approximately 16 months of imprisonment, time already served, for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in July 2002, Ubiera Maleno, who at the time was a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was sentenced in federal court in Alaska to 37 months of imprisonment for possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  In December 2003, he was sentenced in state court in Harris County, Texas, to 15 years of imprisonment for possessing with intent to deliver 400 grams or more cocaine.  Ubiera Maleno was removed to the Dominican Republic in August 2009 after he had served the federal sentence and a portion of the Texas sentence.

On April 19, 2018, the Danbury Police Department arrested Ubiera Maleno for drug distribution offenses.

Ubiera Maleno has been detained since his arrest.  On May 1, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry by a removed alien. 

The state charges against Ubiera Maleno are pending.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen.

Updated August 20, 2019