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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dominican National Charged with Illegal Reentry After Deportation

BOSTON - A Dominican national was charged today in federal court in Boston with illegally reentering the United States after being deported. 

Rafael Pascal, 54, was indicted on one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien. Pascal was charged by criminal complaint and arrested in June 2018 and has been in custody since his arrest.

According to court documents, on May 6, 2018, law enforcement in Wakefield arrested Pascal and charged him with possession to distribute a Class B controlled substance; Pascal was subsequently determined to be unlawfully present in the United States, having previously been deported on Jan. 5, 2002, and on June 20, 2013. 

Pascal faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and 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.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Rebecca J. Adducci, Interim Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Arnold of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated July 12, 2018