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Mexican National Who Has Been Removed from the U.S. 5 Times Charged with Illegal Reentry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that, on August 13, 2019, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging ARMANDO MACHORRO-ROJAS, 42, a citizen of Mexico last residing in Norwalk, with one count of illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported.

Machorro-Rojas appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.

As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, on two occasions in March 2007, Machorro-Rojas had encounters with U.S. Border Patrol that resulted in his voluntary to Mexico.  On March 23, 2012, Machorro Rojas was arrested by Norwalk Police and charged with operating a vehicle without a license.  On April 26, 2012, he was deported from the U.S. to Mexico.

It is further alleged that, on March 29, 2015, Machorro-Rojas was encountered by U.S. Border Patrol near Bisbee, Arizona.  On April 15, 2015, he was again removed to Mexico.

It is further alleged that, on June 6, 2015, Machorro-Rojas was encountered by U.S. Border Patrol near Santa Teresa, New Mexico.  He was subsequently charged in the District of New Mexico with one count of reentry of a removed alien.  He pleaded guilty to the offense, was sentenced to time served and, on July 10, 2015, was removed to Mexico.

On May 31, 2019, Machorro-Rojas was arrested by Norwalk Police and charged with burglary in the third degree, risk of injury, larceny in the third degree, breach of peace in the second degree, and interfering/resisting arrest.  It is alleged that an immigration detainer that was lodged with the state authorities was not honored, and Machorro-Rojas was released on bond on July 5.

Machorro-Rojas has been detained since August 9, 2019, after he was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

If convicted of the charge of illegal reentry, Machorro-Rojas faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

Updated August 27, 2019