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Press Release

Dominican National Arrested for Illegal Reentry

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

BOSTON – A Dominican national was arrested yesterday for illegally reentering the United States after deportation.

Melvin Baez Peguero, 46, a Dominican national residing in Boston, was indicted on one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien. Peguero was detained following an initial appearance yesterday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein.

According to the charging documents, Peguero was previously removed from the United States in April 2013, and subsequently found in Boston in November 2020.

The charge of illegal reentry provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Peguero will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathanial R. Mendell and William S. Walker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigations made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Estes of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 30, 2021