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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Roswell Man Pleads Guilty to Fleeing from Border Patrol Checkpoint

ALBUQUERQUE – Vincent Edward Romero, 18, of Roswell, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to a felony information charging him with fleeing from a U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint at a high rate of speed.  The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.

Romero was arrested on March 3, 2015, during a routine inspection at the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 54 in Otero County, N.M.  According to the criminal complaint, after Romero entered the checkpoint, Border Patrol agents directed him to a secondary inspection area.  Romero disregarded agents’ directions and drove away from the checkpoint, leading agents in a high speed pursuit.

At sentencing, Romero faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.  Romero’s sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Alamogordo office of the U.S. Border Patrol and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Gould of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

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Updated June 18, 2015