Office of the United States Attorney
District of Arizona
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Affairs
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 SANDY RAYNOR
Telephone: (602) 514-7625
Cell: (602) 525-2681
MEXICAN CITIZEN SENTENCED TO 51 MONTHS IN PRISON
FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY AFTER DEPORTATION
PHOENIX – Blas Velazquez-Najera, 24, of Mexico, was sentenced to 51 months in prison
by U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg after the defendant pleaded guilty to Illegal Reentry After
Velazquez-Najera was deported from the U.S. on two different occasions in May 2009, yet
returned almost immediately in both instances. After his most recent illegal entry, he was found inside
a Phoenix “drop house” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who were conducting
a human smuggling investigation.
Velazquez-Najera has a significant criminal history, including two drug convictions and
four assault convictions since 2005. This criminal history played a factor in the judge’s sentencing
decision. In addition, Velazquez-Najera has been affiliated with the Brown Pride street gang.
The sentencing occurred on November 23, 2009. The investigation in this case was
conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The prosecution was handled by Dominic
Lanza, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR- 09-877-PHX-JAT
RELEASE NUMBER: 2009-369(Velazquez-Najera)
For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/az/