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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

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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