News Release
For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Citizen of Dominican Republic Arrested in
New Haven Pleads Guilty to Illegally Re-entering the U.S.

FEB 25 --Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LORENZO RIVERA CANDELARIO, also known as “Lorenzo Rivera” and “Jose Francisco,” 28, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, RIVERA CANDELARIO first entered United States in March 1993 as a lawful permanent resident. On August 1, 2003, RIVERA CANDELARIO was convicted in Massachusetts of unlawful possession with intent to distribute a class “B” controlled substance and was sentenced to two years and one day of imprisonment. Based on this conviction, on December 29, 2004, a warrant of removal was executed and RIVERA CANDELARIO was deported to the Dominican Republic.

In December 2006, RIVERA CANDELARIO re-entered the United States through Puerto Rico.

On September 5, 2007, RIVERA CANDELARIO was arrested by the New Haven Police Department and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and charged with possession and sale of cocaine.

Before re-entering the United States, anyone who has been deported must have the express consent of the U.S. Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. RIVERA CANDELARIO did not have such consent.

Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for May 15, 2009, at which time RIVERA CANDELARIO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department.