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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 is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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