Mexican national living in New York charged with illegal transportation of people in Vermont | USAO-VT

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont said Marco Salvedra-Espinoza (also known as Marco Saavedra Espinosa), 42, of Bronx, New York, appeared in federal court today for a charge alleging that, on or about July 27, 2022, he unlawfully transported individuals he knew to have entered the United States unlawfully. At the request of the United States, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle ordered Salvedra-Espinoza’s detention pending further proceedings in the case.

According to public documents in the case, on the night of July 27, 2022, a United States Border Patrol agent was patrolling an area of ​​the international border with Canada and stopped a vehicle registered to a rental company with Virginia-based plates. The driver, Salvedra-Espinoza, said he was in the area picking up friends. Further investigation showed that Salvedra-Espinoza is a Mexican national who had previously been deported from the United States and had no current legal status in the United States. The two rear passengers were also identified as Mexican citizens and they eventually admitted that they had just illegally entered the United States from Canada after paying thousands of dollars to be smuggled into the country. The passengers were charged with unlawful entry into the United States, a misdemeanor, in a related case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office notes that a criminal complaint is only an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. As currently charged, Salvedra-Espinoza would face up to 5 years in prison if convicted. Any sentencing in the case will be advised by United States sentencing guidelines.

US Attorney Nikolas Kerest credited United States Border Patrol agents for their investigation of Salvedra-Espinoza and their continued efforts to prevent the exploitation of foreign nationals by smuggling organizations.

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Lasher is representing the United States in this case. Salvedra-Espinoza is represented by Kevin Henry, Esq.

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