DOJ Attempting to Revoke Citizenship of Convicted Felon Who Led Florida Drug Ring
(CNSnews.com)— The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a denaturalization lawsuit Thursday against 42-year-old Melchor Munoz-Correa, the former leader of a drug organization in Florida, for not disclosing his criminal activities in his naturalization proceedings.
Munoz, a native of Mexico, led a six-person conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine throughout the southeast United States between 2008 and 2011. According to the DOJ announcement, “Munoz distributed to co-conspirators an average of 80 pounds of marijuana on approximately 60 separate occasions between 2008 and 2010, keeping 400 to 500 pounds of marijuana, gallon zip-lock bags of methamphetamine, and multiple blocks of cocaine on hand most of the time.”
In 2012, Munoz plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida found Munoz guilty and sentenced him to 188 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release, which Munoz is currently
However, Munoz filed his naturalization application in June 2009, and when interviewed in July 2009, lied under oath about his criminal activities and involvement. The DOJ has now filed a lawsuit to strip Munoz of his citizenship.
Munoz defrauded the U.S. government and is now being held accountable, Homeland Security Investigations Deputy Executive Associate Director Derek Benner:
“This criminal led a drug organization responsible for conspiring to distribute massive amounts of cocaine and marijuana, all while he defrauded the government during his naturalization process.
“Today he is being held accountable for his lies and stands to lose one of the greatest benefits our country offers, citizenship, which he obtained by defrauding immigration authorities.”