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Brazilian National Sentenced for Illegally Re-entering the United States

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

St. Thomas, USVI – Cairo Gaspar Ferreira, 33, was sentenced today on his conviction of illegally reentering the United States after having been previously deported, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Ferreira to six months incarceration, one year supervised release, and ordered him to pay $100 as a special assessment.

According to court documents, on June 7, 2019 Ferreira was a passenger on a boat traveling without navigational lights from the Sand Filled Dock in St. Thomas. Customs and Border Protection Marine Unit interdicted the vessel as it neared Savanna Island and discovered Ferreira and four other illegal aliens on board. The illegal aliens along with the boat captain were arrested and charged with immigration offenses. Ferreira was identified as a national of Brazil who was previously removed from the United States in March of 2019.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

Updated March 20, 2020