Deported drug dealer arrested for coming back

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

A man who was living in Granite Falls man after being deported and illegally re-entering the U.S. was captured Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators with the Long View Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office surrounded Rafael Rios Marroquin, 33, of 22 Holly Drive as he sat in a Mitsubishi Eclipse in the parking lot of the Walmart in Granite Falls with a woman. Marroquin was on a cellphone arranging for $1,000 to be wired to the Walmart when he was arrested, Sgt. J.K. Roberts of the Long View police said.

Long View police arrested Marroquin on Nov. 23, 2010, after he was caught with 25 pounds of marijuana, Roberts said. Marroquin gave police a false name at the time, then posted bond to get out of jail and seemingly disappeared. It took authorities until this past summer to learn his true identity. By then, Marroquin had been deported but soon returned to the Granite Falls area.

Indictments were handed down for the 2010 drug charges, and he was arrested on Aug. 1. But then he again posted bond to get out of jail and disappeared.

Two weeks ago, federal ICE agents came looking for Marroquin. But Long View police had no idea where Marroquin was until Monday, when a tipster called saying Marroquin was planning to pick up money at Walmart and then go home to Mexico.

Marroquin is being held in federal custody in Charlotte. If convicted of the federal charges, Marroquin will be deported, Roberts said.