Raleigh, N.C. – Manuel Rodriguez-Mendoza, 41, of
Mexico, illegally present in the United States and residing in Wake
County, North Carolina, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and
an additional 18 months in federal prison for violating his supervised
On May 20, 2020, Rodriguez-Mendoza pled guilty to
one count of illegal reentry of an aggravated felon. Rodriguez-Mendoza,
was deported from the United States on April 28, 2006, at Brownsville,
Texas, after having been convicted of illegal alien in possession of a
firearm, an aggravated felony, on March 3, 2006, in the Middle District
of North Carolina.
While on federal supervised release, on February
15, 2009, Rodriguez-Mendoza was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s
Office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and charged with carrying a
concealed weapon and assault with a deadly weapon. Rodriguez-Mendoza
posted a $3,000 bond, was released and failed to appear in state court.
Rodriguez-Mendoza remained a fugitive until he was arrested on July 1,
2016, by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and charged with trafficking
in cocaine, maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substances and
possession of a stolen firearm.
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the
Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after
sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. ICE’s Enforcement
and Removal Operations investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney
Gabriel Diaz prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:19-cr-00198-FL.