---- — ALBANY — A Maryland man was convicted of smuggling illegal aliens into the United States following a two-day trial in Albany.
Guillermo Antonio Suarez, 48, was found guilty of all three felony charges for which he was indicted: alien smuggling, attempting to transport an illegal alien and inducing an alien to illegally enter the United States, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Suarez, a lawful resident of the United States, faces up to 10 years in prison on the first count and up to five years in prison on the other two counts, as well as a $250,000 fine on each count and up to three years of supervised release, the Department of Justice said in the release.
Suarez was arrested Nov. 19, 2012, in Fort Covington after he helped his nephew enter the U.S. from Canada outside a designated port of entry, the release said.
Suarez dropped off his nephew on the Canadian side of the border and entered the U.S. through the Fort Covington port of entry by car while his nephew crossed the border through the woods on foot about three miles east of the port of entry, the release said.
During inspection, Customs and Border Protection officers found maps of the border area and luggage belonging to Suarez’s nephew inside his car, the release said.
The case was investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Border Patrol and it was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jeffrey C. Coffman and Edward P. Grogan.
Suarez’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2014, in Albany before United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Contributing Writer Javier Simon