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Canadian Elias Joseph Arrested for Reentering United States After Deportation

June 14, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Elias Joseph, 38, a Canadian citizen who had lived in the United States for much of his life, appeared today in United States District Court in Burlington following his arrest on a charge that he reentered the United States without permission after having previously been deported. U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered that Joseph be detained pending his next hearing later this month.

According to the criminal complaint and other court records, Joseph was twice convicted of felony crimes when he was living in New York in the 1990s, imprisoned for five years, but was not then deported. On January 26, 2012 Joseph, who was trying to enter Vermont from Canada, was turned away by immigration officers because his prior criminal record rendered him ineligible for admission. Nevertheless, Joseph snuck across the border on foot, was arrested and later pled guilty to unlawful entry. This past April, he was deported back to Canada.

On June 12, 2012, Canadian law enforcement officials notified the Border Patrol that a vehicle had entered the United States without inspection on Church Street, an unguarded road that crosses the border in Derby Line. Border Patrol agents located the vehicle several miles south of the border on Interstate 91 as it headed south. Joseph, who was the only occupant, was taken into custody.

The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charge in the complaint is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

Because of the nature of his criminal record, Joseph faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 if he is convicted of unlawfully reentering the United States. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.

Joseph is represented by Bud Allen. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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