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.