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Dominican Deported Last Year Gets 1.75 Years In Prison For Coming Back This Year

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Dominican Republic native who was deported from the United States last year for drug trafficking got 1.75 years in prison from a federal judge for trying to sneak into the territory in May.

Victor Gonzalez Rodriquez, 35, of Santo Domingo, was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for illegally re-entering the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Polanco to 21 months imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

According to court documents, on May 9, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted a vessel off of St. John and after a chase discovered Rodriquez along with four other Dominican nationals attempting to enter the United States.

Rodriquez was previously removed from the United States on August 17, 2017, relating to a drug trafficking offense.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard Potter.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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