EAST ST. LOUIS — A citizen of Mexico was sentenced Friday to seven years in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Miguel Rivera-Bugarin, 33, was sentenced to 84 months for illegal re-entry after deportation by an aggravated felon. Rivera-Bugarin has been deported nine times.
Rivera-Bugarin pleaded guilty to the federal charge on Dec. 13, 2014. He has been continuously confined since his arrest by Madison County sheriff’s deputies on Aug. 21, 2014, for possession of methamphetamine, a state offense for which he was subsequently convicted.
At his federal sentence hearing on April 17, U.S. District Court Judge David R. Herndon observed that “Mr. Rivera-Bugarin is a career criminal, drug dealer and car thief.” Herndon further noted that Rivera-Bugarin had ignored the orders of nine other judges who had previously instructed him not to return to the United States, and that the relatively short prison sentences which Rivera-Bugarin had received in the past “did not seem to serve as a deterrent.”
The investigation which resulted in Rivera-Bugarin’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
The case was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.