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Mexican National Living in New York Charged with Unlawful Transportation of Individuals in Vermont

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

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

According to public documents in the case, on the night of July 27, 2022, an agent with the United States Border Patrol 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, claimed he was in the area to pick up friends. Further investigation showed that Salvedra-Espinoza is a Mexican national who had been previously removed from the United States and that he did not have current legal status in the United States. The two back-seat passengers were also identified as Mexican citizens, and they ultimately admitted they had just entered the United States illegally from Canada after paying thousands of dollars to be smuggled into the country. The passengers have been charged with illegal entry into the United States, a misdemeanor, in a related case.

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

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

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

Updated August 2, 2022

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