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Mexico man captured in Hodgdon sentenced to prison

BANGOR, Maine — A citizen of Mexico, who was discovered in a swampy area in Hodgdon on Nov. 28, has pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien.

U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced Monday afternoon that Eliud Lopez-Baez, 32, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty that day in U.S. District Court in Bangor to being an alien who was found in the United States after previously having been removed and deported from the country.

Court documents revealed that on Nov. 28, at about 7:50 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents found Lopez-Baez in a swamp in Hodgdon, a short distance from the international boundary. The subject had no immigration documents and admitted that he was a citizen of Mexico.  

Officials did not reveal how Lopez-Baez ended up in Hodgdon.

Immigration records showed that he had been removed from the United States in February 2017.

The defendant faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. The case was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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