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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Illegal immigrant's purchase of drug dealer's ID brings more trouble

Illegal immigrant's purchase of drug dealer's ID brings more trouble

Illegal immigrant's purchase of drug dealer's ID brings more trouble


The Associated Press
5/19/2004, 9:05 p.m. ET


WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — An illegal immigrant who bought another man's identification ended up with serious legal problems when it turned out that the man he was impersonating had a felony record for dealing drugs.



Erick Antonio Marizan, 30, who is from the Dominican Republic, assumed the name Victor "Eddie" Padilla, of New York, after buying Padilla's ID.
Authorities say Marizan last year sold cocaine to an undercover officer in Chester County. Because officers first thought Marizan was Padilla, Marizan could have had years added to his sentence.

Sentencing was delayed several times because both the prosecution and defense needed to establish the defendant's real name. There were more delays this week when Judge Thomas G. Gavin accused the private defense lawyer of failing to represent Marizan properly and telling her to withdraw and return the $7,000 she had been paid.

Assistant District Attorney Charles Gaza said plea negotiations have started again with a public defender.

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