US Agents arrest Dominicans using IDs of homeless addicts
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Enforcement Officers arrested this weekend two citizens of the Dominican Republic found using identity documents belonging to two allegedly homeless individuals, during two separate incidents.


Carlos Manuel Saturria-Frias was detained by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) while conducting a law enforcement operation at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Mr. Saturria-Frias claimed to be Puerto Rican and presented to the DEA agents a Social Security card, a Puerto Rico (PR) Birth Certificate, a PR driver’s license and a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ID card under the name of “Rafael Luis Diaz Cotto.”

DEA agents requested assistance from CBP Enforcement Officers at the airport who interviewed the subject and queried his fingerprints to verify his identity.

Rodolfo Gil was apprehended by US Customs and Border Protection officers while attempting to board a flight bound to the city of Orlando, FL.

Mr. Gil claimed to be Puerto Rican and presented to the CBP Officers a Social Security card, a Puerto Rico Birth Certificate, a PR driver’s license and a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ID card under the names of “Christian Yamil Marino–Diaz.”

Immigration databases revealed their true identities as Carlos Manuel Saturria-Frias and Rodolfo Gil, respectively.

Confronted with the facts the two defendants were arrested by CBP officers and admitted to purchasing the documents from two unidentified homeless drug addicts, to assume the document’s identity to proof their legal stay in the United States.

The case was presented and accepted by the Assistant United States Attorney Evelyn Canals for criminal prosecution.

Mr. Saturria-Frias and Mr. Gil made an initial appearance late yesterday before US District Court Judge Bruce McGiverin facing charges for violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1546, fraud and misuse of visa, permits and other documents.

If convicted Mr. Saturria-Frias and Mr. Gil face a fine and not more than 5 years of imprisonment, or both. 

 “U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers remain vigilant as they review entry documents to identify and apprehend those who use fraudulent or invalid documents in an attempt to enter and remain the U.S.,” said Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the USVI. “CBP officers train regularly to become experts in document examination and interviewing techniques."


Read also: Record, 5000 Dominicans deported from U.S. in just one year


The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) deported during the past year 4.978 Dominican ex-convicts after serving sentences in U.S. jails. They were accused of drug trafficking, homicide, assault, kidnapping, rape, bank fraud, money laundering and other crimes........, back home they will probably have to continue to sell drugs or rob tourists to survive.....



More than 20,000 Dominican criminals deported from the USA alone


“If we compare it to the last few years this year’s increase has been greater, that is to say, that the first 11 months have increased and are nearly 3,000 deportees,” Pared said. And what do you think these criminals are doing back home.....?

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