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Mexican drug dealer previously deported 9 times tries to flee ICE by escaping out of house via second-story window


This news story was published on October 25, 2019.
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CINCINNATI — A Mexican national was charged Oct. 23, in a three-count superseding indictment with intent to distribute cocaine and more than 400 grams of fentanyl, as well as illegally reentering the United States after having been previously deported.

Luis Tapia, 27, was arrested at a Cincinnati residence Sept. 13. At the time of his arrest, Tapia attempted to escape from a second-floor window onto the roof. He eventually retreated into the house and locked himself in a closet. Special Response Team agents then forcibly entered the home and apprehended Tapia. He has remained in custody since.

In August 2019, Tapia fled from law enforcement during a routine traffic stop. Before fleeing the stop, Tapia falsely identified himself as his brother, who is legitimately in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Tapia is ineligible to remain in the country under DACA because of his previous felony convictions. Further investigation uncovered a photograph of Tapia illegally reentering the country at a border checkpoint.

According to ICE records, Tapia had been previously removed to Mexico nine times between 2012 and 2019. After each removal, he illegally reentered the United States. Tapia was most recently deported on April 25, 2018.

Reentry of a removed alien is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Possessing more than 400 grams of fentanyl with the intent to distribute carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, with a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute carries a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ERO, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Cincinnati and Norwood police departments, as well as Special Assistant United States Attorney Kelly K. Rossi, who is prosecuting the case.

An indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt; all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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11 Responses to Mexican drug dealer previously deported 9 times tries to flee ICE by escaping out of house via second-story window

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 27, 2019 at 10:44 am

    MAGA….. Mexicans Always Get Across

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    10 2 7 Reply Report comment

    October 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Soon we will be know as the United States of Amexica.

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    Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    October 25, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    …you know that if you just shoot the guy dead, he will stop doing that stuff!

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    October 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Instead of putting him in prison for 40+ years, at tax payers expense, exterminate him! How many more like him are here through DAKA. These people just don’t get it. Build the Wall!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 25, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      What do you mean?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm

        To meet his maker sooner than later

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 26, 2019 at 8:22 am

        He means, you, just don’t get it.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 26, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      Tall walls create deep tunnels… ha ha ha Allen. You cant stop it learn to live with it!