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Dominican National Sentenced for Illegal Reentry After Deportation

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

BOSTON – A Dominican man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Wilson Pena-Arias, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf to 70 months in prison, to be served consecutively with a state sentence he is currently serving, and three years of supervised release.  Pena-Arias is subject to deportation following the completion of his sentence.

In 2014, Pena-Arias was arrested for distribution of cocaine. During an interview with law enforcement, Pena-Arias admitted to a prior deportation and to illegally re-entering the country. On Oct. 26, 2015, Pena-Arias was convicted in Middlesex Superior Court on the cocaine distribution charge and sentenced to five years in prison, which he is currently serving.

In 2009, Pena-Arias was arrested for distribution of cocaine, and, after a conviction in Middlesex Superior Court, he was sentenced to three years in prison. In 2010, Pena-Arias was again convicted in the Essex Superior Court with distribution of cocaine and sentenced to three years in prison. In April 2012, upon completion of his sentence, Pena-Arias was deported to the Dominican Republic. 

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. Valuable assistance was provided by the Lowell Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated May 23, 2017