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Dominican Man Sentenced for Illegal Reentry

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

BOSTON – A Dominican man was sentenced on May 17, 2023 in federal court in Boston for illegally reentering the United States after deportation.

Felix Bienvenido Gonzalez-Arias, a/k/a “Victor Manuel Trinidad-Lugo,” 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 21 Months in prison and three years of supervised release. Gonzalez-Arias will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. On Feb. 23, 2023, Gonzalez-Arias pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien. 

At an unknown time, Gonzales-Arias illegally entered the United States. In November 2014, he was arrested in Essex County on state charges of heroin trafficking. Gonzales-Arias was convicted of the offense, sentenced to three and a half to five years in state prison and upon completion of his sentence, he was removed from the United States in April 2018. Some point thereafter, Gonzales-Arias illegally reentered the United States. 

On Sept. 1, 2022, Gonzalez-Arias was arrested in Lawrence on drug trafficking charges. Gonzalez-Arias’ fingerprints produced a positive match from those from his 2014 arrest and 2018 removal and he was identified as being illegally present in the United States after deportation.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Todd Lyons, Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke A. Goldworm of Levy’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated May 23, 2023