News Release
July 7, 2008
Contact: S/A Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Illegal Alien Charged With Being In The United States After Having Been Previously Deported
- Defendant is an aggravated felon based upon 2005 conviction for alien smuggling

JUL 7 -- (Louisville, KY) - A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment charging Martin Rodriguez-Mejia, age 37, of being found in the United States after previously being deported, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky, announced today.

The Indictment charges that on February 9, 2008, in LaGrange, Kentucky, Rodriguez-Mejia, an alien, was found in the United States after having been previously deported, and he did not have the consent of the Attorney General of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security to be present in the United States. Because Rodriguez-Mejia has a prior 2005 conviction for alien smuggling he will be classified as an aggravated felon.

If convicted, the maximum potential penalties are 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of no more than 3 years.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Rodriguez-Mejia is scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on July 22, 2008, at 9:30 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.