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Previously Convicted in Federal Court of Sex Trafficking Offense; It Was the Fourth Time She Entered the United States Illegally

November 17, 2020                                                                          

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact MARCIA MURPHY

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Illegal Alien Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Re-Entering the United States After Being Deported

 

Previously Convicted in Federal Court of Sex Trafficking Offense; It Was the Fourth Time She Entered the United States Illegally

 

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte today sentenced Iris Martinez-Napper, age 47, a Guatemalan national residing in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.  Martinez-Napper was previously convicted in federal court of conspiracy to transport individuals interstate to engage in prostitution and had previously been deported twice—once in 2010 and then again in 2012. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge John Eisert of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore. 

According to her plea agreement, Martinez-Napper first illegally entered the United States in or around 1999.  On April 30, 2009, she was sentenced in Maryland to 32 months in federal prison for conspiracy to travel to transport at least 100 women from New York and New Jersey to Maryland for the purpose of employing them in prostitution.  She was removed from the United States on July 29, 2010.  Less than four months later, Martinez-Napper illegally re-entered the United States near Naco, Arizona.  On September 19, 2011, she was sentenced in Arizona to 11 months in federal prison for illegal re-entry and on February 9, 2012, was removed from the United States for a second time.  At some time after that, Martinez-Napper again illegally re-entered the United States and was found in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  Martinez-Napper admitted that she has never sought, nor obtained, the consent of the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of Homeland Security to apply for readmission to the United States.                  

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur praised HSI for its work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Wright, who prosecuted the case.

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