Mexican national indicted by Federal jury yesterday after being found illegally in Chambersburg

05 January 2024-The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Abel Rodriguez-Moreno, age 43, of Chiapas, Mexico, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on a charge of illegal reentry

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Rodriguez-Moreno was previously removed from the United States on June 27, 2012, through Calexico, California, and it is alleged that he was subsequently found in the United States without having first obtained legal permission to reenter the country. The indictment also alleges that on October 29, 2023, Rodriguez-Moreno was encountered in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the Chambersburg Police Department. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark G. Monroe is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is two years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments and Criminal Information are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.