June 23, 2018
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Honduran men arrested after being found in car with no license plate

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Two Honduran citizens are facing charges in U.S. District Court after being arrested Monday in western Maine.

Jose Ramon Reina Coca, 41, of Maryland was charged with possession of a false identification document.

Mauro Edulio Jimenez-Banegas, 47, a transient, is charged with being found in the U.S. after having been removed or deported.

Both men are being held without bail pending the resolution of their cases.

The men came to the attention of law enforcement Monday when a Maine game warden approached the parked car in which they were sitting because it did not have a license plate, according to court documents. Reina Coca and Jimenez-Banegas gave the warden identification from Honduras but did not have immigration documents that would have permitted them to work, travel or reside in the U.S.

The two were taken to the border patrol station in Rangeley, according to court documents. Officials found fake permanent resident and Social Security cards in Reina Coca’s belongings, according to court documents. He told investigators that he had paid $180 for them.

An immigration records check showed that Jimenez-Banegas has been removed from the U.S. many times, most recently in June 2008 after serving a nearly four-year sentence for violating immigration laws.

He admitted that he re-entered the U.S. last year by wading across the Rio Grande, according to court documents.

If convicted, Reina Coca faces up 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Jimenez-Banegas faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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