Tony Castaneda -- #07476-031

5 Years and Deportation -- Cocaine Conspiracy

Tony Castaneda, prisoner of the drug war
I was arrested by the Milwaukee police in 1990 after being coerced by a confidential informant (CI). He asked that I get him an ounce of cocaine. I was using cocaine at the time, and doing this was a way to get my own cocaine. I bought for him twice, the third time he asked me -- I couldn't get what he wanted. I was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison.

I did that time, and with the help of my wife, figured we could now get on with our lives. Not so.

Upon my release from state prison I was arrested by US Immigration. I had been raised in the northern US, living in the US since I was 8 years old. I didn't know much about immigration laws, but I figured since I'd lived here for over 20 years, had registered with the draft at 18 years of age, was married to a US citizen for 10 years and having four beautiful children here -- accounted for something. I was wrong again.

I was deported to Mexico. My wife and I divorced in 1993, but I would return to visit my children: Angel, who passed away in 1995, and Armando and Adrian, who live with their mother.

I was arrested the last time I tried to reenter and sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.

Tony Castaneda with his family
I still feel as though I'm being imprisoned for the 2 ounces the informant asked me, an abuser of cocaine, to buy. Divorce and fatherless children ... this war on drugs is an attack on the people of this country. And it can attack you in more than one way.