BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A citizen of the Dominican Republic who was caught distributing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in Bridgeport has been sentenced to prison for illegally re-entering the U.S. after he was deported, prosecutors said.
Luis Manuel Rodriguez Burgos, 36, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport, said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
Rodriguez Burgos was admitted to the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1995, according to court documents and statements made in court.
In September 2005, Rodriguez Burgos was convicted in Arizona of attempted transportation of narcotic drugs for sale and was sentenced to more than three years in prison. The offense involved 10 kilograms of cocaine and more than 170 grams of heroin concealed within a hidden compartment in the vehicle in which Rodriguez Burgos was traveling. In August 2006, he was deported from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic.
In August 2012, law enforcement arrested Rodriguez Burgos in New York City for driving under the influence, and alerted federal immigration authorities.
In October 2012, Rodriguez Burgos was again removed to the Dominican Republic.
He then illegally re-entered the U.S. in late 2012. On Oct. 27, 2015, he was arrested by the Connecticut Statewide Narcotics Task Force in Bridgeport for distributing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
At the time of his arrest, Rodriguez Burgos had a Puerto Rico driver’s license, in another name, which he had purchased for $100.
He has pleaded guilty in state court to drug sale and conspiracy offenses. He will be sentenced Oct. 20 to an agreed upon sentence of seven years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of five years, to be followed by five years of special parole.
The federal sentence will run concurrently with the state sentence.
On July 26, 2017, Rodriguez Burgos pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien.
This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.
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