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Brazilian Illegal Immigrant Wanted For Gun Crime Sent Home

May 13, 2024

Deportation officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston have removed a Brazilian illegal immigrant from the United States.

Ronaldo Marcos Da Silva, a 37-year-old Brazilian man who was wanted by authorities in Brazil for unlawfully carrying restricted firearms, was sent home April 23, federal officials said.

“Ronaldo Marcos Da Silva attempted to flee a weapons conviction in his home country by hiding out in Massachusetts,” said Todd Lyons, Boston field office director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, in a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We will not allow our New England communities to become safe havens for criminals hoping to evade justice. ERO Boston will continue to prioritize the safety and security of our residents by apprehending and removing the most egregious noncitizen offenders from our New England communities.”

The 2nd Criminal Court of Caratinga in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil arraigned Da Silva on April 14, 2012, for illegally carrying restricted firearms, according to U.S. federal officials.

The man illegally entered the United States on an unknown date and at an unknown location without being inspected, admitted, or paroled by a U.S. immigration official, according to U.S. immigration authorities.

Authorities arrested him near El Paso, Texas, on May 17, 2019, but he was released on an order of recognizance on May 21, 2019.

While he was still in the United States, the 2nd Criminal Court of Caratinga of the Jury Tribunal of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil convicted Da Silva on January 20, 2023; the court sentenced him to three years in prison. Then, the 1st Criminal Court of Criminal Executions of Caratinga in Minas Gerais, Brazil issued an arrest warrant for him on February 7, 2023.

Deportation officers from Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston found and arrested Da Silva in Plymouth, Massachusetts on September 12, 2023. He was then placed in custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings. An immigration judge ordered Da Silva removed from the country on February 23, 2024. Enforcement and Removal Operations officers returned him to Brazil.


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