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Mexican National Convicted of Illegal Reentry for a Third Time

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that FABIOLA BASTIAN MOJICA, 38, a citizen of Mexico most recently residing in Stamford, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to reentry of a removed alien.  It is Bastian Mojica’s third conviction for illegal reentry.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in May 2003, Bastian Mojica, who at the time was a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was convicted in Stamford superior court of possession of a hallucinogen/marijuana.  Bastian Mojica’s lawful permanent residence status was revoked and, in November 2003, she was removed to Mexico.

In October 2005, Bastian Mojica was arrested by Greenwich Police and was subsequently convicted in state court of evading responsibility resulting in injury/property damage, and possession of marijuana.  She was also charged and convicted in federal court of reentry of a removed alien.  In January 2008, Bastian Mojica was removed to Mexico.

In July 2008, Bastian Mojica was arrested in Stamford.  She was again removed to Mexico in August 2008.

In January 2010, Bastian Mojica was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in Columbus, New Mexico.  She was subsequently charged in the District of New Mexico with illegal reentry of a removed alien, and with violating the conditions of her supervised release related to her prior conviction for illegal reentry.  She was convicted of both offenses and, following the completion of her sentence, was removed to Mexico in April 2011.

On October 23, 2018, Bastian Mojica was arrested by Stamford Police for a motor vehicle violation, and was subsequently charged with failure to appear.  On March 7, 2019, after her identity was confirmed through a fingerprint analysis, she was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging her with illegal reentry.  She has been detained since her federal arrest.

Bastian Mojica is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on July 17, 2019, at which time she faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

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

Updated May 7, 2019