Men found in Wilson, Nash face immigration charges

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Six foreign nationals, including a man discovered in Wilson County who’s been deported three times, were indicted this week on charges of illegal reentry of a deported alien.

A federal grand jury in Raleigh returned indictments against the defendants Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, chief prosecutor for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Elmer Perez-Marroquin, 43, of Guatemala, was found in Wilson County and Carlos Hernandez-Romero, 33, of Mexico, was found in Nash County, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Don Connelly said in a news release.

Perez-Marroquin could face up to two years in prison followed by supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted of the charge.

Hernandez-Romero is charged with illegal reentry subsequent to a felony cocaine possession conviction and faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence, supervised release and $250,000 fine.

Also indicted and found in Wake County were 34-year-old Hector Molina-Pena, who’d been deported four times; 31-year-old Gerardo Rodriguez-Arias; and 38-year-old Julio Noyola-Campos, who had been deported twice. All three men are from Mexico.

Authorities say they found 35-year-old Antonio Plata-Ponce, a Mexican national who had been deported three times, in Harnett County.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents are investigating the cases, Connelly said.