Dominican citizen arrested in Hazleton faces second deportation


November 25 – SCRANTON – A Dominican Republic man who was arrested in Luzerne County on drug charges after being deported for a previous human trafficking offense is being deported again upon completion of his federal prison sentence for illegal return.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that Tomi Moscat-Lara, 44, has been given an 18-month prison sentence by a federal judge. Mosat-Lara pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the United States after being removed for a felony.

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The US Attorney’s Office said Moscat-Lara, also known as Randi Torres-Irizarry, was in the country illegally in April 2013 when he was convicted of cocaine trafficking by the Luzerne County Court. Moscat-Lara was sentenced to one to two years in prison and deported in December 2013.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Moscat-Lara returned to the U.S. and was arrested in Hazleton on January 14, 2021 for allegedly trafficking cocaine and fentanyl. Before his bail was revoked and he pleaded guilty on June 15, 2021 to a charge of possession with intent to distribute drugs, a federal grand jury indicted Moscat-Lara on alleged illegal return. He was sentenced to three to six years in prison by the district court on December 30, 2021.

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Upon the completion of his federal sentence, Moscat-Lara will be deported.

This case has been investigated by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffery St John prosecuted the case.

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.


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