CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Dominican Republic national got two years in prison after he was deported from New York in 2019 for selling cocaine and returned to the United States five months later.
Jose Fatima Rosario-Remigio of Santo Domingo was sentenced Wednesday on his conviction for illegal re-entry into the United States, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Molloy sentenced Rosario-Remigio to 24 months imprisonment and a $100 special assessment.
According to court documents, Rosario-Remigio entered the United States without inspection at a place not designated as a point of entry.
On October 1, 2019, Rosario-Remigio traveled on a vessel from the British Virgin Islands to St. John, United States Virgin Islands. He then traveled from a beach on St. John to the ferry terminal, where he boarded a ferry traveling to St. Thomas.
Rosario-Remigio was previously convicted for the criminal sale of cocaine in New York, and he had been removed from the United States on May 7, 2019.
This case was investigated by Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Adam Sleeper.