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Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry After Deportation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant previously deported five times

Boston – A Dominican national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Jose Manuel Arroyo, 39, a Dominican national residing in Boston, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry after deportation.  A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

Between 2005 and 2014, Arroyo, who also goes by the name Juan Manuel Tejeda-Serrano, was deported from the United States five times.

Between 2010 and 2013, Arroyo was convicted of illegal reentry after deportation on three occasions in federal court in Boston, as well as once in Texas in 2006. Arroyo most recently came to the attention of federal immigration officials after being arrested for identity fraud.  In March 2017, Arroyo, under the name Juan Manuel Tejeda-Serrano, was charged in federal court in Boston with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. 

The charge of illegal reentry after deportation provides for a sentence of no greater than two years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Arroyo 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 William D. Weinreb and Matthew J. Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Tobin of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 23, 2017