Mexican National Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Illegally Reentering the U.S.

Mexican National Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Illegally Reentering the U.S.

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GERMAN EDUARDO MARTINEZ FRANCO, 42, a citizen of Mexico last residing in West Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 37 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on seven occasions between 1998 and 2015, Martinez was encountered in Arizona was subsequently removed to Mexico.  In the District of Arizona, in 2010, Martinez was convicted of illegal entry and sentenced to 90 days of imprisonment.  In 2011, he was convicted of illegal reentry and sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment;  In 2014, he was convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 33 months of imprisonment.  Martinez was last removed to Mexico in December 2015.

On July 1, 2021, Martinez, who was using another identity, was arrested in West Haven and charged in state court with possession with intent to sell greater than one ounce of heroin or methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell a narcotic substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation, and forgery in the first degree.

Martinez has been detained since July 1, 2021.  On August 8, 2022, he pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal reentry.

Martinez pleaded guilty in state court and was sentenced to 72 months of incarceration.

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with the assistance of the West Haven Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

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