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June 11, 2013

Akwesasne man pleads guilty to alien smuggling

AKWESASNE — An Akwesasne man pleaded guilty to felony charges related to transporting illegal aliens and missing a court date.

On June 4, Nathan Samson Martin, 31, admitted before U.S. District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby in Syracuse to conspiring to bring and to then bringing illegal aliens into the United States from Canada and transporting them within the United States, a felony, and failure to appear at federal court proceedings after his pretrial release, according to a press release from the State Attorney General’s Office.

ONE STILL A FUGITIVE

Martin was one of three indicted in April 2010 for conspiring to smuggle aliens from Canada into the United States for commercial gain in 2009 and 2010.

Martin is the second defendant to admit his role in the conspiracy, the Attorney General’s Office said. Carl Thompson previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Dennis Jocko of Cornwall Island, Ontario, remains a fugitive from justice after escaping from pre-trial supervision upon release by U.S. Magistrate Judge Larry Kudrle, according to the release.

DROPPED IN HOGANSBURG

On Feb. 8, 2010, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service officers in Canada alerted St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police and U.S. Border Patrol agents to a vehicle that crossed the “ice bridge” from Cornwall Island to St. Regis Village, Quebec, and continued into Franklin County.

New York law-enforcement officers saw a person dropped off in Hogansburg then tried to stop the vehicle for an immigration inspection, according to court documents. The driver, later identified as Martin, tried to flee but was apprehended. 

Martin was paid part of the smuggling fee, the illegal alien told authorities.

NABBED ON WARRANT

Martin was released in February 2010 under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office, but he failed to appear for a hearing in January 2011.

On Jan. 7, 2013, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police apprehended him on a federal arrest warrant.

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