Dominican National Sentenced To 18 Months For Illegal Rentry Into the United States

On Wednesday, Tomi Moscat-Lara, age 44, a native and citizen of the Dominican Republic was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to 18 months imprisonment, for illegally reentering the United States after being previously removed following conviction for a felony offense.

In 2013, while residing in the United States without legal status, Moscat-Lara was convicted of a cocaine trafficking offense.  After serving a 12-to-24-month county prison sentence for that offense, Moscat-Lara was deported.  

Sometime thereafter, Moscat-Lara unlawfully reentered the United States, and on January 14, 2021, he was arrested in Luzerne County and charged with cocaine and fentanyl trafficking.  

Following a guilty plea in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas to those charges, he was sentenced to a three-to-six-year imprisonment term.

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