A Dominican national was sentenced Friday in federal court in Boston for illegally reentering the United States after being deported. He was convicted three times for drug offenses in Massachusetts to include fentanyl trafficking.
Jonathan Manuel Lara Troncoso, 33, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to two years in prison. Lara Troncoso will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. In May 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien.
Lara Troncoso was previously ordered deported from the United States in June 2006, but returned sometime thereafter and assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. In an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement, Lara Troncoso mutilated his own fingerprints. While unlawfully in the country, he was convicted three times of drug offenses in Massachusetts while using a fraudulent identity, including a 2017 state conviction for fentanyl trafficking. By the time he was convicted of fentanyl trafficking, his fingerprints had regenerated and healed enough to match the fingerprints on file from his prior deportation.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Marcos D. Charles, Acting Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsey E. Weinstein of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.