BOSTON — A Dominican national was arrested Tuesday and charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with illegally reentering the country after deportation.
Francisco Alberto Martinez, 49, a Dominican national living in Peabody, is being held for unlawful reentry, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Martinez first unlawfully entered the U.S. on an unknown date. In 1996, he became a legal permanent resident. But in 2011, he was convicted of cocaine conspiracy and sentenced to 5½ years in prison. After completing his sentence, Martinez lost his permanent residency status and was deported to the Dominican Republic.
Martinez was recently encountered by law enforcement in Peabody and determined to be illegally present.
He faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
Martinez will be subject to deportation again upon completion of his sentence.