Filiberto Moreno, 50, of Mexico, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint charging him with illegal reentry into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.
Moreno made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and was detained pending further proceedings.
According, to the complaint, Moreno was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Cyril E. King Airport after he presented himself at Customs primary inspection. Moreno was a ticketed passenger on an American Airlines flight to Miami.
During the inspection, it was discovered that Moreno had been previously deported from the United States and that he does not have permission to legally be in the country.
If convicted of illegal reentry, Moreno faces a maximum sentence of two years and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.