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August 20, 2018Honolulu, HI, United StatesFirearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Kauai man sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegally reentering the US after deportation and firearms offense

HONOLULU – Navor Salas-Cruz, 45, a Mexican national residing on Kauai, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright today to 30 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States after being deported, and for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

As a result of his conviction, Salas-Cruz will be deported after he serves his prison term. The case is the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Kauai Police Department,

According to documents and information presented in court, Salas-Cruz was deported July 10, 2008, after being convicted of illegally reentering the U.S. after a prior deportation. On December 15, 2017, HSI special agents located Salas-Cruz residing on Kauai They found in his possession three firearms, including a 12gauge shotgun, two pistols, and numerous rounds of ammunition.

“This office is committed to protecting the community by promoting the integrity of the immigration system,” said Kenji M. Price, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii. “The efforts of local and federal law enforcement officers in locating this defendant and disarming him is a testament to their tireless efforts to keep our community safe.”

“This sentence demonstrates that there are serious consequences for those who lack respect for our nation’s laws or our borders,” said Frank Cabaddu, Acting Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Honolulu. “HSI will continue to work with DOJ and our law enforcement partners to take dangerous recidivists or other felony offenders off our streets and help to disrupt other types of criminal activity.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Updated: 10/08/2020