ALBANY — Time served was handed down as the sentences in two cases involving transporting illegal aliens in the United States.
Feliciano Felipe Diaz-Estrada, also known as Feliciano Villas-Estrada, got 18 days in jail, already gone by, a year of supervised release and a fine of $1,000 when he was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court Northern District of New York.
A Mexican citizen with permanent resident status living in Long Island City, Diaz-Estrada, 56, drove to Montreal on May 21, meeting up with David Lopez-Garcia, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office issued by U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Robert N. Garcia, chief patrol agent of the Swanton Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Diaz-Estrada, by himself, crossed back into the United States at the Champlain Port of Entry on Interstate 87, while Lopez-Garcia, who is a Mexican citizen, avoided immigration and customs inspection by walking across the border about a half-mile east of the official crossing.
Lopez-Garcia waited for Diaz-Estrada at Glenwood Cemetery on Oak Street in Champlain, where he drew the attention of a person who saw him apparently hiding in the gazebo at the entrance to the graveyard, wet from the knees down.
That concerned citizen reported the sighting and the U.S. Border Patrol responding. Agents got there in time to see Diaz-Estrada pull his car over by the gazebo and pick up Lopez-Garcia.
As Diaz-Estrada turned his vehicle onto I-87 southbound, the agents pulled him over and made the arrests.
Lopez-Garcia, 46, who was living as an illegal alien in Charlotte, N.C., was prosecuted for the misdemeanor offense of entry without inspection.
He was convicted on June 5 and sentenced to 15 days in jail.
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In a separate case, Brazilian citizen Rosalvo Caetano, 46, was sentenced this week to time served of 208 days in jail for transporting two illegal aliens within the United States, according to a release issued by Jaquith and Garcia.
On May 12, Caetano drove from Worcester, Mass., to Fort Covington in Franklin County, where he picked up two illegal aliens, both Brazilian citizens, who had secretly crossed the border from Canada, the release said.
Border Patrol agents arrested Caetano and his passengers in Malone.
Those two men, Gabriel Felipe Dias Prado, 19, and Ilcione Bazoni, also known as Carlos Cousa, were charged with misdemeanor entry without inspection.
Prado was convicted on May 29 and sentenced to 20 days in jail. Ilcione Bazoni, 62, was convicted on June 8, and sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Caetano on Thursday was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings.
Both cases were investigated by Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.
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