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Salvadoran Man Convicted of Illegally Reentering U.S. After Removal

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal jury convicted a citizen of El Salvador today of illegally reentering the United States after a prior removal.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Victor Manuel Romero-Diaz, 40, of El Salvador, was removed from the United States on December 12, 2011, after he was convicted of a felony offense for cocaine possession and distribution. In October 2022, immigration authorities found Romero-Diaz living in North Chesterfield, without having obtained permission to apply for reentry into the United States.

Romero-Diaz faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on September 5, 2023. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Russell Hott, Field Office Director, for U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C., made the announcement after U.S. District Judge David J. Novak accepted the verdict.

The Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Gang Section provided assistance in this case. The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería of El Salvador also provided significant assistance.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carla Jordan-Detamore and Kaitlin G. Cooke are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:22-cr-177.

Updated April 14, 2023