Federal Grand Jury indicts six men for illegal re-entry to United Sates

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A federal grand jury today indicted six foreign nationals for being in the United States illegally after having previously been deported, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.{}Separate indictments filed in U.S. District Court charge Arturo Fernando Arizpe-Torres, Salvador Mendoze-Chavez,{} Francisco Gallegos-Trujillo,20, Gerardo Arturo Arguello-Canela, 43, and Roberto Vargas, 38, all of Mexico; and Manuel Rodriguez-Bejar, 30, of Guatemala, for illegal re-entry into the U.S. after previous deportation. Dates of birth wereunavailable for Arizpe-Torres and Mendoza-Chavez.

According to the indictments, the men were charged as follows:

Arizpe-Torres was found in Limestone County on Nov. 14 after having been deported to Mexico in November 2010 from Hidalgo, Texas.Mendoz-Chavez was found in Bibb County on Nov. 19 after having been deported to Mexico in June 1997 from Calexico, Calif., and in March 2006 from Nogales, Ariz.{}Gallegos-Trujillo was found in Shelby County on Nov. 27 after having been deported to Mexico in September 2011 from Brownsville, Texas, and from Douglas, Ariz., in October 2011.{}Arguello-Canela, also known as Gerardo Arturo Arguello, Gerardo Arturo Arguello-Ganela, Juan Ortiz, and "Gordo," was found in Jackson County on Dec. 1 after having been deported to Mexico in November 2011 from Brownsville.He was deported following his Sept. 28, 2011, felony conviction in Jackson County Circuit Court for possession of a controlled substance.{}Vargas, also known as Roberto Vargas Hernandez, Alberto Hernandez and Roberto H. Vargas, was found in Blount County Dec. 6 after having been deported to Mexico in June 2002 from Brownsville.{}Rodriguez-Bejar, also known as Thomas Jose Ramirez, Tomas Miguel, Manuel Bejar, Manuel Rodriges, Tomas Miguel Sanchez, Tomas Jose Chavez, Hernesto Gonzalez Hernandez, Tomas Francisco and Miguel Pedro-Tomas, was found in EtowahCounty Sept. 2 after having been deported to Guatemala in October 2004 from Phoeniz, Ariz.,and from New Orleans in January 2009.{}The maximum penalty for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien is two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The prison sentence may be enhanced to a 20-year maximum for illegal re-entry of an alien who was previouslydeported following conviction of an aggravated felony.{}U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations investigated these cases being prosecuted the U.S. Attorney's Office.{}The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubtat trial.