Mexican National Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Immigration and Drug Offenses

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Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUCIANO SOLIS-SANCHEZ, 36, a citizen of Mexico last residing in Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment for immigration and controlled substances offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Solis-Sanchez has never held legal status in the U.S.  In April 2007, Solis-Sanchez was encountered by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in Arizona and was granted voluntary return to Mexico.  In November 2017, he was again encountered by USBP and was removed to Mexico.  Approximately one week after his removal, Solis-Sanchez was again encountered by USBP in Arizona while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S.  He was charged and convicted of illegal entry and was again removed to Mexico.

On two occasions in May 2019, Solis-Sanchez was encountered by USBP in Texas and was removed to Mexico.

On March 3, 2020, Solis-Sanchez was arrested by Waterbury Police on charges of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of drugs near a prohibited place, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.  He was released by the state on a promise to appear.  Federal authorities subsequently learned of the arrest and obtained an arrest warrant for Solis-Sanchez charging him with illegal reentry.

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On January 8, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspected a UPS package that originated in Zapopan, Mexico, and was addressed to “Alfonso Perez, 39 Bucks Hill Rd, Waterbury, CT 06704 United States,” which was Solis-Sanchez’s residence.  The package contained a handcrafted lamp that had two bundles containing approximately 498 grams of methamphetamine hidden behind a fiberglass panel.

On January 13, 2021, law enforcement made a controlled delivery of the package to 39 Bucks Hill Road, and then executed a search warrant at the residence.  The search revealed a distribution quantity of cocaine.  Solis-Sanchez was arrested a short time later.  At the time of his arrest, he possessed an additional quantity of cocaine that he intended to sell.  Solis-Sanchez subsequently admitted that he arranged for the delivery of the package containing methamphetamine, and also received cocaine shipments from the same supplier.

Solis-Sanchez has been detained since January 13, 2021.  On June 24, 2021, he pleaded guilty one count of reentry of a removed alien and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

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This investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, and the Connecticut State Police, Statewide Narcotics Task Force, Northwest.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel M. Krull.

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