Puerto Rican Angel De Jesus Marrero Sentenced To Three Months For Smuggling Aliens Into the USA
CAN DO 3 MONTHS STANDING ON HIS HEAD: Angel De Jesus Marrero
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of Puerto Rico was sentenced to three months in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday for bringing five Brazilians to the territory illegally, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Angel De Jesus Marrero was given three months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter the United States, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
Judge Gomez also ordered Marrero to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 200 hours of community service, Sharpe said.
On May 3, 2016, Marrero pleaded guilty to encouraging and inducing aliens to illegally enter the United States.
According to the plea agreement, on December 22, 2015, Marrero was solicited by his co-defendant, Rodriguez Ramirez, to assist in the passage of five illegal Brazilian nationals through the St. Thomas airport by checking them in at the airline ticket kiosk.
Afterward, he was to ensure that the illegal aliens made it to the appropriate gate to depart St. Thomas for New York. Federal agents, however, thwarted the plan before anyone boarded the aircraft and apprehended the defendants along with the illegal aliens.
The case was investigated by the Customs and Border Protection Office of Internal Affairs and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility.
It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.