GREENE COUNTY, AL – A federal grand jury has indicted two Mexican men accused of getting paid to transport illegal aliens into the U.S. after the pair was stopped last month in Greene County with 11 passengers in their SUV.
Roldan Palacios-Rincon, 31, and Martin Rodriguez-Guadarrama, 33, are charged in a six-count indictment announced today by Joyce White Vance, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
A complaint filed against the men said the passengers were 11 illegal aliens, four of whom had been previously deported from the U.S., and chronicled the journey of one of them paid thousands of dollars for the trek after having been convicted of two felonies and twice deported. That man, 52-year-old Jeronimo Mejia, is now charged with illegally re-entering the U.S. after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported.
The investigation began Nov. 9 when an Alabama state trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Suburban with Texas license plates after observing a traffic violation. The traffic stop took place on the eastbound side of Interstate 20/59 near mile marker 55 in Greene County. The trooper identified Palacios-Rincon as the driver and noted there were 12 Hispanic passengers in the vehicle. Rodriguez-Guadarrama was in the front passenger’s seat.
Seven of the passengers were from Mexico, two from Honduras, two from Guatemala and one from El Salvador.