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Dominican Man Previously Convicted in Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

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

BOSTON – A Dominican man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States after deportation.

Milton Jose Arias, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry before U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs, who scheduled sentencing for April 4, 2023.  

Arias is a citizen of the Dominican Republic who illegally entered the United States at an unknown time and location without inspection. In July 2019, Arias was convicted in federal court in Boston of fentanyl distribution and fentanyl distribution conspiracy and, in March 2020, was removed from the United States.

In January 2022, Arias was found to have unlawfully reentered the United States without the appropriate permission sometime after his removal.
The charge provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England; and Lawrence Police Chief Roy P. Vasque made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. 

Updated January 10, 2023