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May 17, 2024Boston, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston arrests Dominican national convicted of federal drug trafficking crimes

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested a 33-year-old unlawfully present Dominican national convicted of federal drug trafficking crimes. Deportation officers from ERO Boston’s Providence field office apprehended Yeury Francisco Rodriguez April 22 in Central Falls.

“Yeury Francisco Rodriguez is an unlawfully present repeat drug offender and was convicted for distributing poison throughout our community,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons. “We will not allow the residents of our New England neighborhoods to be subjected to such egregious criminals. ERO Boston remains dedicated to prioritizing the safety of our residents and apprehending the most dangerous noncitizen offenders.”

Rodriguez unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date, at an unknown location, without being inspected, admitted or paroled by a U.S. immigration official.

Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, arrested Rodriguez May 6, 2020, and charged him with drug, distribute, Class A.

Authorities in Providence arrested Rodriguez June 21, 2021, and charged him with manufacture/ possess/deliver Schedule I/II-drug depend and conspiracy.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in New Bedford, Massachusetts, arrested Rodriguez for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl July 19, 2022.

Rodriguez was convicted July 25, 2022, of drug, distribute, Class A, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Deportation officers from ERO Boston’s Providence field office lodged an immigration detainer against Rodriguez Feb. 17, 2023, with the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts convicted Rodriguez of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl April 3. The court sentenced Rodriguez to 25 months of imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release.

Upon completion of his federal prison sentence on April 22, deportation officers from ERO Boston’s Providence field office apprehended Rodriguez. He will remain in ERO custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.

ERO conducts removals of individuals without a lawful basis to remain in the United States, including at the order of immigration judges with Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is a separate entity from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

Members of the public with information regarding child sex offenders can report crimes or suspicious activity by dialing the ICE Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) or completing the online tip form.

Learn more about ERO Boston’s mission to increase public safety in our New England communities on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @EROBoston.