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Mexican Citizen Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry into United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Catarino Vargas-Moreno, age 42, and a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today to time served (32 days in jail) for illegal re-entry into the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Robert N. Garcia, Chief Patrol Agent, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.

Vargas-Moreno was removed from the United States to Mexico on September 14, 2009, following an illegal entry into the United States.  On September 15, 2018, he was arrested at a Border Patrol checkpoint on New York State Route 9 near North Hudson, New York.  Vargas-Moreno was a passenger in a vehicle that pulled into the checkpoint.  Following a fingerprint check, Vargas-Moreno admitted that he returned to the United States without permission following the 2009 removal. 

Following the sentencing, Vargas-Moreno was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, for removal proceedings.

This case was investigated by Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated October 18, 2018