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ICE captures a Dominican citizen convicted of drug trafficking crimes

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Boston, Massachusetts, arrested a 33-year-old Dominican citizen who was illegally present and was convicted of federal drug trafficking crimes in the United States.

On Friday, ICE said deportation officers from the ERO Boston field office in Providence, Rhode Island, detained Yeury Francisco Rodríguez on April 22 in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

“Yeury Francisco Rodriguez is a repeat unlawfully present drug offender and was convicted of distributing poison in our community,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M Lyons. “We will not allow the residents of our New England neighborhoods to be subjected to such heinous criminals.

“ERO Boston remains dedicated to prioritizing the safety of our residents and stopping the most dangerous non-citizen criminals,” he added.

ICE said Rodriguez entered the United States illegally on an unknown date, at an unknown location, without being inspected, admitted or released on parole by a US immigration official.

Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, arrested Rodriguez on May 6, 2020, and charged him with “drug, distribution, Class A,” ICE said.

He said Providence authorities also arrested Rodriguez on June 21, 2021 and charged him with “manufacture/possess/deliver Schedule I/II drugs and conspiracy.”

Additionally, ICE said the DEA in New Bedford, Massachusetts, arrested Rodriguez for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl on July 19, 2022.

ICE said Rodriguez was convicted on July 25, 2022, of “drug, distribution, Class A” in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Deportation officers from ERO’s Providence field office in Boston filed an immigration detainer against Rodriguez on Feb. 17, 2023, at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, ICE said.

He said the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts convicted Rodriguez of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl on April 3.

The court sentenced Rodriguez to 25 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, ICE said.

Upon serving his federal prison sentence on April 22, ICE said deportation officers from the ERO Providence Field Office in Boston detained Rodriguez.

“He will remain in ERO custody pending the outcome of his deportation proceedings,” ICE said.