- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A man who did not fare well when he challenged U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 35 checkpoint has been indicted in a Laredo federal court, records state.

Nicanor Marquez was indicted July 21 with impeding with agents’ duties.

If convicted, Marquez could spend one year behind bars.

Marquez, of Rio Grande City, has been in federal detention since his June 25 arrest. He is held on a $50,000 bond, according to court documents.

Following his arrest, he told federal authorities he had seen videos on YouTube “concerning the illegality of checkpoints and having the right to refuse answering questions at the checkpoint,” states the criminal complaint filed June 29.

Agents allege Marquez arrived at the checkpoint driving a silver 2014 Dodge Ram 1500.

Marquez had a front passenger who complied with the immigration inspection, but Marquez “refused to provide his citizenship after two requests were made,” states the complaint.

At one point during the immigration inspection, Marquez told agents, “I refuse to answer to any federal officer,” records show.

In addition, agents said Marquez’s vehicle was blocking traffic, but he did not move it to secondary inspection, according to court documents.

(César G. Rodriguez may be reached at 728-2568 or [email protected])

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