SAN JUAN – Two men from the Dominican Republic were caught by U.S. authorities in Puerto Rico, who found them hiding in one of the containers being shipped to the island from the neighboring country.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, said in a statement that one of those taken into custody was Oscar Guillermo Aquino Perez, 30, while the other was not identified.
CBP said the two men were discovered last week inside a container aboard the freighter M/V Stadt Rotenberg in the port of San Juan, coming from Rio Haina in the Dominican Republic.
Upon reviewing the background information of the two, it was discovered that in 2012, Aquino Perez had been tried and found guilty by a federal court in San Juan of fraud and the wrongful use of visas, permits and other documents.
Accused by federal prosecutor Seth Erbe, the detainee appeared last Wednesday before federal Judge Marco Lopez to hear the charges against him, which include trying to reenter U.S. territory after having been previously deported.
If found guilty, he could be fined and imprisoned for up to 10 years, according to the CBP, which noted that that the other detainee has no criminal record nor a history of illegal immigration, and will therefore be deported.