A Dominican national who was deported after he was charged with heroin distribution was sentenced on Wednesday for reentering the country illegally, U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said.
Irvin Gabriel Bautista Chala, 28, also known as Luis Figueroa-Cabrera, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 12 months and one day in prison, Lelling said.
The court ordered Bautista Chala’s sentence to be served consecutive to a 2-year sentence imposed by Suffolk County Superior Court in September 2019.
After he completes his prison term, Bautista Chala will be placed into removal proceedings and deported to the Dominican Republic, Lelling said.
In 2017, Bautista Chala was arrested by Boston police during the execution of a search warrant and charged with distribution of heroin, Lelling said.
At that time, Bautista Chala was determined to be illegally present in the United States, and on Aug. 7, 2017, he was deported to the Dominican Republic.
Sometime after his removal, Bautista Chala, using the alias Luis Figueroa-Cabrera, illegally reentered the United States and was rearrested and later convicted in Suffolk County Superior Court of distribution of heroin and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.
In October 2019, while serving this sentence ICE agents again determined Bautista Chala had entered the U.S. illegally.
Lelling and Michael Shea, acting special agent in charge of homeland security investigations in Boston, made the announcement on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.
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