U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Working in Haverhill, Detain Lawrence Man

U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. (Courtesy photograph.)

Federal immigration officials, working in Haverhill earlier this month, detained a 40-year-old Lawrence man, who was charged yesterday with illegal reentry after deportation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials placed Wilkin Jose Guerrero Villar into “ICE administrative custody” May 5 after he was encountered in Haverhill. The man’s fingerprints were taken and were said to match prints in his alien file.

Guerrero Villar, a Dominican national, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein and was held pending a detention hearing set for May 20.

According to U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office, in June 2016, Guerrero Villar was encountered by an ICE official while in pre-trial custody at the Middlesex House of Corrections. He was determined to be illegally present in the United Sates, placed into removal proceedings, and deported to the Dominican Republic June 21, 2016.

Lelling’s office said the law covering illegal return after deportation provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Guerrero Villar will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors, a statement said.

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