BALTIMORE, Feb 2, CMC – The United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Jamaican national and felon, apprehended by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Baltimore, has been jailed for seven years followed by five years of supervised release for drug charges and illegal re-entry into the United States.
ICE said Norman Moore, also known as Lynn Brown, received the sentence at the US District Court of Maryland for conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, and for illegally re-entering the US, having been previously removed.
Additionally, ICE said Moore has a previous conviction for conspiracy to distribute marijuana in June 1997.
“Norman Moore has a history of drug convictions and unlawfully entering the U to conduct criminal activities,” said Field Office Director Lyle Boelens of ERO Baltimore. “We simply cannot let criminals like Moore walk free among the law-abiding residents that we have sworn to protect.
“ERO Baltimore is constantly working to ensure that Maryland is not a safe haven for international criminals,” he added. “We remain dedicated to protecting our communities.”
ICE said Moore initially entered the US on “an unknown date, at an unknown location, and without having been inspected or admitted by an immigration official.”
ICE said ERO officers first encountered Moore when he was serving a 70-month prison sentence in Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex in Allenwood, Pennsylvania.
Moore, who had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, admitted to ERO officers that he had unlawfully entered the US, ICE said.
In June 1998, ICE said ERO Philadelphia served Moore with a final administrative removal order.
ERO Boston removed Moore from the US to Jamaica upon the completion of his incarceration in April 2002, ICE said.
However, it said Moore unlawfully re-entered the US on “an unknown date, at an unknown location, and without having been admitted or inspected by an immigration official.”
In November 2019, ICE said deportation officers from ERO Baltimore, working with US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore and Maryland State Police, apprehended Moore during a vehicle stop.
ICE said authorities seized 10.1 kilograms of a fentanyl/heroin mixture, a large amount of US currency and other paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking organisations.
ERO Baltimore has lodged a detainer on Moore to initiate removal proceedings upon completion of his incarceration, ICE said.
In fiscal year (FY) 2022, ICE said ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories; this group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions.
ICE said these included 21,531 assault offences; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offences; 5,554 weapons offences; 1,501 homicide-related offences; and 1,114 kidnapping offences.