Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Mexican Men for Knowingly Transporting Illegal Aliens in the United States

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BIRMINGHAM — A federal grand jury today indicted two Mexican men on charges that they knowingly transported illegal aliens within the United States for personal financial gain, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Department of Homeland Security‚Äôs Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr.

A six-count indictment filed in the U.S. District Court charges ROLDAN PALACIOS-RINCON, 31, and MARTIN RODRIGUEZ-GUADARRAMA, 33, with transporting five individuals through Greene County on Nov. 9 who they knew were in the United States illegally. According to the indictment, Palacios-Rincon and Rodriguez-Guadarrama transported the individuals for private financial gain.

The maximum penalty for alien smuggling is 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Also included in the indictment was one count charging JERONIMO MEJIA, 52, with illegally re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. The maximum penalty for illegal re-entry is 20 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.

DHS-ICE investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys Manu K. Balachandran and Erica W. Barnes are prosecuting.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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