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El Salvadoran 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 ALFREDO DAGOBERTO HERCULES-SANTOS, 40, a citizen of El Salvador last residing in New Britain, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to approximately six 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 2005, Hercules-Santos was removed from the U.S. to El Salvador.  He illegally reentered the U.S., was found in the U.S. in November 2012, and was removed to El Salvador in January 2013.  He again illegally reentered the U.S., was found in the U.S. in May 2014, and was removed to El Salvador in June 2014.

Hercules-Santos illegally reentered the U.S. a third time.  On April 26, 2018, he was arrested in New Britain for driving under the influence.  He posted bond on that case and then failed to appear in court to answer the charges.  On August 19, 2018, the Vernon Police Department arrested Hercules-Santos and charged him with driving under the influence after he crashed an SUV he was driving into an unmarked Vernon Police cruiser.  Both driving under the influence cases were resolved with guilty pleas.

Hercules-Santos has been detained since August 19, 2018.  On December 18, 2018, he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of reentry of removed alien.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with the assistance of the Vernon Police Department.  The case was being by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

Updated February 25, 2019